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The Venerable Sheila Watson

Doctor of Divinity

November 2013

Sheila Watson has been Archdeacon of Canterbury since 2007. This is a historic role dating back to Wulfred in 798 with Thomas Beckett amongst her predecessors.

She has had a senior role within the Diocese and in the Cathedral, and recently installed the Archbishop of Canterbury at his inaugural service – the first woman to do so.

Sheila Watson was educated at Ayr Academy and the University of St Andrews where she studied for an MA in Classics. After a preparatory year of theology at Corpus Christi College Oxford, she returned to St Andrews to gain an MPhil for research on Augustine of Hippo. She came to Canterbury via Scotland, the North East, London and Salisbury as well as Buckinghamshire. First ordained as a deaconess in 1979, when women were formally admitted to Holy Orders, she became one of the first women to be ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994 in historic services in St Paul's Cathedral. She has been closely involved in the selection and training of clergy and laity, and in quality assurance. She is currently a governor of the King's School, Canterbury and Marlborough College.

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