Dominic Walker (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Dominic Walker
Bishop of Monmouth
Monmouth VIPs Bishop Dominic Walker.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Monmouth
In office 2003–2013
Predecessor Rowan Williams
Other posts area Bishop of Reading (1997–2002)
Ordination 1972 (priest)
Consecration 1997
Personal details
Birth name Edward William Murray Walker
Born (1948-06-28) 28 June 1948 (age 70)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Profession Bishop, theologian
Alma mater King's College London
Heythrop College, London

Edward William Murray "Dominic" Walker[1] OGS DL (born 28 June 1948) is a retired Anglican bishop.[2] He was the Bishop of Reading, an area bishop, from 1997 to 2002 and Bishop of Monmouth from 2003 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Walker was the eldest child to a Welsh mother and English father. He was brought up on Dartmoor.[3] He was educated at Plymouth College[4] King's College London (where he trained for the priesthood and gained an Associateship of King's College or AKC), Heythrop College in London (gaining a postgraduate Master of Arts {MA} in 1997)[1] and the University of Wales (becoming a Master of Laws {LLM}).[4]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Walker was ordained priest in 1972.[5] He began his ministry with a curacy at St Faith's Southwark[6] after which he was domestic chaplain to Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark;[1] rector of Newington St Mary; Team Rector of St Peter, St Nicholas & the Chapel Royal Brighton, Rural Dean of Brighton and a canon and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral.

Walker is a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. He served as father superior from 1990 to 1996.[5]

Walker was appointed Bishop of Reading, an area bishop in the Diocese of Oxford, in 1997.[5] He then became a diocesan bishop as the Bishop of Monmouth in the Church in Wales in 2003, succeeding Rowan Williams who had become the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England.

Walker's last episcopal seat was at Newport Cathedral. At the end of 2012, it was announced that he intended to retire, which he did on 30 June 2013.[7] In retirement he is an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.[5]

Views on animal welfare[edit]

Walker has strong views on animal welfare. He joined the RSPCA as a teenager and is president of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals.[3] In 2010 he called for church services to "pray for animal casualties" of warfare [8] and consistently opposes the live animal exportation market. His views were expressed in a speech when he said that:

When a vicar in Brighton, he gave permission for animals being present in the church. Also in Brighton he, alongside Andrew Bowden, also participated in a demonstration against live animal exportation.

As of 2015, Walker is still vice-president of the RSPCA.[10]

Paranormal and exorcisms[edit]

Walker is an expert on the paranormal and has published many articles on the topic. He is a trained exorcist[11] and has said that during his 35 years of ordained ministry he has performed "countless acts of deliverance along with six exorcisms".[11]

In an August 2015 article, which concentrated on the death of Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, Walker rejected the use of violence when performing an exorcism.[12]


Upon retirement, Walker became a "humble monk".[13] He has since settled in Monmouth and continues to deliver conference papers and lectures. He lectured in July 2015 at a conference held at the University of Warwick.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Edward William Murray Murray". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ BBC Wales story
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b Walker, Dominic Edward William Murray. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 October 2016. closed access publication – behind paywall
  5. ^ a b c d "Dominic Edward William Murray WALKER". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  6. ^ Church information Archived May 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Bishop to retire in June 2013". Church in Wales. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  8. ^ BBC website.
  9. ^ ASWA website.
  10. ^ RSPCA website.
  11. ^ a b Wales Online website.
  12. ^ Christian Today website.
  13. ^ South Wales Argus.
  14. ^ Diocese of Swansea and Brecon website.

External links[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bone
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Stephen Cottrell
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Rowan Williams
Bishop of Monmouth
Succeeded by
Richard Pain