THE Most Revd Patricia
Louise Storey is the first female bishop in Ireland and Britain.
She was consecrated for the dioceses of Meath & Kildare on
Saturday, in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
The service of ordination
and consecration was led by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael
Jackson, and the preacher was the Rector of St Comgall, Bangor, Co.
Down, the Revd Nigel Parker. The service was relayed to those who
could not get into the cathedral by video link with St Werburgh's,
near by. It was also streamed live on the internet.
Mr Parker said of the new
bishop: "It has been our privilege over the years to see you
respond to our Father's love with love, trust, and obedience. You
have given yourself wholeheartedly to him and his Church, serving
his people as a deacon and priest, teaching the scriptures and
pastoring with that disarming directness, which is your hallmark -
a directness, which speaks the truth in love, with a ready laugh
and delightful sense of humour. . . It is our privilege to pray for
you, as the Lord Jesus calls you to a deeper life of sacrificial
service - calls you to consecrate yourself to him, his Church, and
Bishop Storey's husband,
the Revd Earl Storey, a priest in the Church of Ireland, read from
the Old Testament.
The RC Bishop of Kildare
& Leighlin, the Most Revd Denis Nulty, and Mgr Dermot Farrell,
on behalf of the RC Bishop of Meath, Dr Michael Smith, represented
the RC Church, as did the President of St Patrick's College,
Maynooth, Mgr Hugh Connolly.
All of the main
Protestant Churches in Ireland were also represented, as was the
Islamic community, by Dr Ali Selim of the Dublin Islamic Cultural
Bishop Storey said that being elected to serve as Bishop in the
dioceses of Meath & Kildare (the diocese of Meath is the only
diocese whose bishop uses the episcopal title Most Revd, apart from
the Archbishops) was a privilege, as was being the first woman to
be ordained to the episcopate in these islands, but that her focus
was "more on the fact that I'm a bishop, and trying to get used to
that, never mind being the first woman bishop, or making