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Archbishop consecrates new bishops at Westminster Abbey

Thursday 14th May 2015

Archbishop Justin Welby consecrates Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Bishop of Hertford.

(Photograph: Andrew Dunsmore/Picture Partnership)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, consecrated two new Church of England bishops at Westminster Abbey today.

The Revd Canon Martin Seeley, Principal, Westcott House, was ordained and consecrated Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich; and the Reverend Canon Michael Beasley, Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford, was ordained and consecrated Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St Albans at a Eucharist service at Westminster Abbey.

(Photograph: Andrew Dunsmore/Picture Partnership)

Archbishop Justin presided at the service and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached the sermon.

During the declaration Archbishop Justin said: “Bishops are called to serve and care for the flock of Christ. Mindful of the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep, they are to love and pray for those committed to their charge, knowing their people and being known to them.”

Listen to Dr Rowan Williams’ sermon on the Westminster Abbey website.




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