Lancashire has a new senior bishop today as Julian Henderson was due to be consecrated as Bishop of Blackburn.
Previously Archdeacon of Dorking, Surrey, he becomes the most senior Church of England cleric in the county.
The ceremony was being performed by Archbishop of York, The Most Rev and Rt Hon John Sentamu at York Minster this morning.
Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev John Goddard and the Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and others from across the UK were being joined by Bishop Dintoe Stephen Letloenyane from Blackburn’s South African link diocese, Free State at the service.
The Archbishop of York. said: “It is great to welcome Bishop Julian Henderson as Lancashire’s next Bishop. He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn.”
Bishop Julian said: “To become the ninth Bishop of Blackburn is extremely humbling.
“It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important responsibility.
“As I prepare for my consecration as a Bishop in the Church of God, I am very conscious of the tasks, responsibilities and opportunities that lie before me.
“I am even more conscious of the grace and strength of Jesus Christ to obey this call and of the love, prayers and support of my family and of friends, both old and new.”
Bishop Julian, 59, ordained a priest in 1980, is married to Heather, 57, and has two children, Susannah, 28 and Jamie, 26.