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New Bishop in the Diocese of Roskilde

Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen (b. 1966), former dean in Slagelse deanery, was elected on the 15th of June as the first female bishop in the diocese of Roskilde in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark. She is the 65th bishop in Roskilde Diocese.

Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen

Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen. 

On the 4th of September consecration of Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen will take place at the Cathedral of Roskilde. She is replacing Peter Fischer-Møller, who has held the role of bishop since 2008 and is now retiring. 

Who is the new bishop?

Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen is the first female bishop in Roskilde diocese. 

She is particularly concerned with diaconia - the social work of the church - and pastoral care. She says:

As bishop in Roskilde, I will do my utmost to live up what is entrusted me. I hope to be measured according to whether I ensure that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark is a church where no one doubts that pastoral care is there for them. Furthermore, that local government is strengthened. I also want to be known for creating a safe workplace with a safe and well-functioning working environment

Ulla Thorbjørn Hansen,  https://www.altinget.dk/navnenyt/bispevalg-afgjort-foerste-kvindelige-biskop-i-roskilde-stift

Where has she served before?

Before being elected as bishop, Hansen served as pastor in Sct. Peders-Havrebjerg parish and dean of the deanery of Slagelse. She was the national head of the so-called 'emergency pastors' and has earned a master in pastoral care besides her theological studies. 

Furthermore she has been a member of the Interchurch Council's working group on Public Theology 

The diocese of Roskilde

  • Is the third largest diocese measured in terms of members of ELCD.
  • Members of the ELCD in Roskilde diocese in percentage: 77,5%.
  • Covers Central, Western, and Southern Zealand, Denmark.
  • In 2022 the diocese celebrates its 1000 years jubilee.