On the morning of Thursday 22nd June, Peter Andrew Eagles, formerly Deputy Chaplain General HM Land Forces and Archdeacon for the Army, was consecrated to serve as the Bishop of Sodor and Man by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The Archbishop opened the service by welcoming everyone to a joyful York Minster, where Pete Wilcox was also consecrated to be the Bishop of Sheffield.
People in the congregation had travelled from across the UK and from the Isle of Man to attend the consecration and to enjoy a wonderful time of celebration.
After the initial formalities Peter Eagles was presented to the Archbishop by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcombe, and the Bishop of the Armed Forces, Nigel Stock. Peter succeeds the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, who retired in 2016. As Bishop of Sodor and Man, Bishop Peter will have oversight of Church of England parishes and ministers on the Isle of Man and will sit in Tynwald, the Island's parliament.
The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham, preached at the service; readings were by the Revd Dr Beth Keith and Jonathan Wilcox. During the service both new bishops were presented with a bible and a pastoral staff (the traditional bishop’s ‘crozier’ symbolising a shepherd’s care for their flock).
Bishop Peter was also presented with his comprehensive Charge from the Archbishop of York, after Dr Sentamu had read it out to the congregation. Bishop Peter declared his acceptance of the Charge.
The Archbishop then delivered his Mandate to the Dean of Peel Cathedral, requiring him to ensure that Bishop Peter will be admitted and inducted to episcopal office on the Island. Following a gentle humourous moment the Dean confirmed that he would.
Following the service, Peter was joined by his wife Gail for the traditional photograph of bishops on the steps of York Minster.
Bishop Peter ~ an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen ~ will now also pay homage to the Queen. As a bishop, he will acknowledge her as Sovereign and Supreme Governor during a brief private ceremony at Buckingham Palace over the summer. He will then be installed as Bishop of Sodor and Man at a service due to take place in September 2017 at Peel Cathedral; after that he will start his full ministry in the diocese.
LOTS OF PHOTOS FROM THE DAY HERE (Select large version or click on images to make captions visible)
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