Bishop of Islington consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral
The Revd Ric Thorpe has been consecrated as the new Bishop of Islington at St Paul’s Cathedral. The new Bishop of Aston in the Diocese of Birmingham, and the new Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath & Wells, were also consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, during the ceremony.
Ric Thorpe has until recently been the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting and Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell. He has been appointed to the role of Bishop of Islington – a newly revived post that has been vacant since 1923 – to support London’s Church growth strategy as part of Capital Vision 2020, which sets a target of creating 100 new worshipping communities within the Diocese by 2020.
He will be free from territorial responsibilities and will use his extensive experience of church planting to focus on supporting newly established worshipping communities both within London and at a national level, serving as a resource for the whole Church of England.
Ric will also contribute to the new School of Church Growth in association with the staff of St Mellitus theological college, both in London and at its hub in Liverpool.
During the service, the candidates were asked to confirm their commitment to the priorities of the role of Bishop; to proclaim and guard the faith, to preside at the sacraments, to lead the Church’s prayer and to hand on its ministry. This was followed by the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands. The candidates were anointed with sacred oil, signifying their role of leadership; and received a copy of the Holy Scriptures and a Pastoral Staff, symbolising their sharing in the ministry of Christ the Good Shepherd.
The Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington, commented:
“It’s a huge privilege to be part of a great team in this diverse city and to focus on starting new churches in a variety of contexts. There are so many opportunities and we want to do all we can to help churches reach new communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Bishop Ric joins a senior team in London which has undergone significant change in the last year. The Revd Rob Wickham was recently consecrated as the new Bishop of Edmonton and the Revd Dr Graham Tomlin as the new Bishop of Kensington. All three bishops and the new Archdeacon of Hampstead, Prebendary John Hawkins, will be installed at St Paul’s Cathedral on 6 October.
This, along with the installation of the new Archdeacon of Hackney and the new Archdeacon of London and Associate Archdeacon of London next year, will complete the new Diocesan team.