29 July 2015

Consecration of two women as bishops on St Mary Magdalene’s day

The Church of England’s most senior woman bishop was consecrated at Canterbury Cathedral on St Mary Magdalene’s day, 22 July 2015.

The Archbishop of Canterbury led the ordination and consecration of Rachel Treweek who became Bishop of Gloucester.

In the same service, Sarah Mullally was consecrated as Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter.

60 bishops from all over England joined the consecration, a sign of the importance of women being consecrated as bishops.

The service was a joyful celebration, attended by well-wishers from all over the country, but especially from the dioceses of London and Salisbury, Exeter and Gloucester. The Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir, which was formed last year, sang hymns and anthems; and the Cathedral’s bells rang before the service as a mark of welcome.

Women have only begun to be consecrated as bishops in the Church of England this year, after legislation authorising such consecrations was passed in November 2014. 

Read more about the ceremony and see photos at the Canterbury Cathedral website.

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