THE first woman bishop in Britain and Ireland has been appointed
in the diocese of Meath & Kildare, Ireland.
The Revd Pat Storey, Rector of St Augustine's, Londonderry, was
appointed by the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland at a
meeting in Dublin on Thursday.
She will succeed Dr Richard Clarke, who is now Archbishop of
Mrs Storey said that she was "both excited and daunted" by the
appointment, an "enormous privilege".
The appointment of the new Bishop passed to the House of Bishops
after the Episcopal Electoral College, which met on 28 May, failed
to make an appointment (News, 31
The College had reconvened after the Ven. Leslie Stevenson,
Archdeacon of Meath and Kildare, stood down as Bishop-elect to
Meath & Kildare, after press reports highlighted that he would
be the first divorced bishop in the history of the Church of
Ireland, and that he had had a relationship after his first
marriage failed (
News, 3 May).
On Friday, Dr Clarke said: "Having known Pat Storey since she
was an undergraduate and I was Chaplain at Trinity College, Dublin,
I very much welcome her as a new bishop. She is a person of great
warmth, intelligence, and spiritual depth."
The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, said that the
appointment "brings delight to many within the dioceses, across the
Church of Ireland and throughout the Anglican Communion".
Mrs Storey, who is 53, has been Rector of St Augustine's since
2004. She is married to the Revd Earl Storey and has two adult
She grew up in Belfast and studied French and English at Trinity
College, Dublin, before training at the Church of Ireland
Theological College (now Institute). Ordained deacon in 1997 and
priest in 1998, she served a curacy in Ballymena (Connor) and was a
Team Vicar in Glenavy in the same diocese.
She is a member of the standing committee of the General Synod
of the Church of Ireland.