It’s Bishop Anne
The Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston as she now is, was consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral on 29th September 2015, along with the Bishop of Taunton and the Bishop of Islington.
She is pictured here with Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, her Diocesan Bishop, on the steps of St Paul’s following the service.
The Bishop of Chelmsford preached at the service and his address can be read here. In this encouraging address, he said: “If you are wondering why you are being made a bishop today; if people who knew you in the past have raised an eyebrow and expressed surprise at your appointment, then perhaps it is for this: God has given you and will go on giving you the grace to see life whole and an ability to speak effectively of it.”
He spoke of bishops as angels: messengers carrying the gospel message for today, encapsulated, if forced, into a soundbite or two: “I would say that for our culture at this particular time, it is that in Christ you can become yourself. You can be set free from the snares and temptations of a world that tells you you aren’t good enough, good looking enough, thin enough, clever enough, young enough, and find a new identity and become completely yourself as you are meant to be in the communion with God that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ makes possible.”
Bishop Anne goes with the prayers of many from this diocese – with a large contingent present at the service.