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Former Archdeacon of Dorking is consecrated as Bishop of Blackburn

Date: 11 October 2013
THE FORMER ARCHDEACON OF DORKING THE RT REVD JULIAN HENDERSON HAS BEEN CONSECRATED AS BISHOP OF BLACKBURN BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK THE MOST REVD JOHN SENTAMU.

Supporters from across the Diocese of Guildford travelled to York to take part in the two-hour service, attended by around 1500 people and led by the Archbishop.

As he stood with Bishop Julian at a windy West Door at the conclusion of proceedings the Archbishop said: “Where I come from all of nature’s glory is a blessing! This wind is like the Holy Spirit coming … as Bishop Julian is being sent out today to win hearts for Jesus.

“It is great to welcome Bishop Julian as Lancashire’s next Bishop. He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn – join me in praying for his ministry there.”

Bishop Julian added: “I want to thank all those who came to be present at my consecration, and all those who have remembered me and Heather in their prayers.

“It was an awe-inspiring occasion as bishops from around the church joined the Archbishop of York in laying hands on me and everyone prayed for the gift of the Holy Spirit to equip me to fulfil this role to the glory of God.

“Now I commit myself, with all the strength He gives me, to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known in Lancashire, to be a faithful pastor to the people of the diocese and to become a useful member of the existing diocesan team.”

The sermon was delivered by Peter LeRoy, a lifelong friend of Julian’s who is a lay reader at St Luke’s Church, Bath. Julian chose Peter to deliver the sermon as he is a strong encourager of lay ministry.

The Bishop’s official service of Inauguration in Lancashire takes place on October 19 at Blackburn Cathedral and will be led by the Dean of Blackburn.

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