Bishop of Loughborough


Bishop Guli became the first Bishop of Loughborough, suffragan in the Diocese of Leicester, in late 2017. She moved to Leicestershire from Peterborough Diocese where she had been Curate Training Officer and also Adviser for Women’s Ministry.

As Suffragan, Bishop Guli assists the Bishop of Leicester in his work in all geographical areas right across the Diocese of Leicester, and also has several specific areas of responsibility. She oversees the work we are doing in the diocese to help enable people of diverse cultural backgrounds and heritage to fully participate and take up leadership and ministry roles within our churches and fresh expressions. Efforts continue in this area, boosted by the recent award of a significant SDF grant to develop Intercultural Worshipping Communities in the diocese and help all our churches, fresh expressions of Church, schools and chaplaincies to extend and deepen their work. 

Bishop Guli is also Sponsoring Bishop, overseeing and supporting the vocations of those called to ordained and lay ministries. 

She leads in the area of wellbeing, including chairing the People and Wellbeing Group which seeks to ensure that our diocesan structures and processes are best place to enable the flourishing of all people.

Bishop Guli is also Chair of Trustees of Launde Abbey retreat house Launde Abbey, which has recently began marking its 900th year as a house of prayer. 

In spring 2019, along with the Bishops of Bradford and Durham, Bishop Guli led a service to launch the first bilingual Persian language version of the Church of England’s Common Worship Holy Communion liturgy. Hundreds of Iranians from churches around England attended the launch at Wakefield Cathedral. Find out more by clicking here. 

Bishop Guli is currently Vice-President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a five year post which includes a close working relationship with the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME). In March she hosted a visit to Leicester of the CEC presidency on what was originally expected to be BREXIT day, 29 March 2019. See more by clicking here.

Recently, Bishop Guli began contributing to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day

In spring 2020, Bishop Guli will lead a Lent pilgrimage: Salt of the Earth when she will visit church and community social action projects across the diocese. She is keen to learn and join in activities expressing everyday faith in action, and praying with and for those communities.  This will be a spiritual journey for her personally but also, as stories emerge, she hopes we will together be able to offer to the wider diocese inspiration and joyous encouragement.


Biography

Prior to her arrival in our diocese after her consecration at Canterbury Cathedral in 2017, Bishop Guli had led Curate Training in the Diocese of Peterborough. She was also Adviser for Women’s Ministry, an Honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral, and a member of the Church of England’s governing body, General Synod.

Born in Iran, Bishop Guli’s family was forced to leave the country in the wake of the Iranian Revolution in 1980 when she was 14 years old. She attended Nottingham and Bristol Universities and was ordained in 1998, serving in Southwark Diocese. Among other positions, Bishop Guli has been Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Music in London for two years.

You can hear and read more about Bishop Guli’s background and faith by clicking here.

She is married to Lee, also a priest, and they have three children. Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani is Interim Team Rector for the Fosse Team - a group of seven parishes with eight churches lying north of the city of Leicester and to the east of the ancient Roman road the Fosse Way.


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