Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Archbishop consecrates new bishop for mid, north and east Staffordshire

From Diocese of Lichfield-

The Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops from the Church of England and Anglican Communion will today consecrate the new bishop for north and east Staffordshire.

The Revd Canon Geoff Annas, who has been Vicar of Thornhill in Southampton, will be made a bishop during a special service in St Paul’s Cathedral in London, at 11.00am this morning.

Several hundred people are expected at the service which will also see two other priests being consecrated as bishops.

The service will have a distinctly Staffordshire flavour with a former Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Revd Michael Scott-Joynt, present as Bishop of Winchester for the consecration of his new Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke, the Ven Peter Hancock. And the former Archdeacon of Stoke and Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, will be present as Bishop of St Albans for the consecration of the Revd Canon Paul Bayes as his new Suffragan Bishop of Hertford.

Consecration as a bishop marks the third tier of the three-fold ordained ministry in the Church of England, which includes Deacons and Priests.

Geoff Annas, who moved to Barlaston with his wife Ann at the end of August, will officially begin his new role at 3.00pm on Sunday (26th September) when he is welcomed to the diocese and installed as an honorary canon in Lichfield Cathedral.

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