THE MINISTRY of the first Bishop of the diocese of West
Yorkshire & the Dales, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has been
inaugurated at York Minster.
Bishop Baines, who was previously the Bishop of Bradford, is now
the Bishop of Leeds, and diocesan bishop for the new diocese, which
was created by amalgamating the dioceses of Bradford, Wakefield,
and Ripon & Leeds.
Three thousand worshippers filled York Minster on Sunday to
witness Bishop Baines take up his new appointment, and celebrate
Pentecost. The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, presided.
"Pentecost is God's Spirit unleashed," the Archbishop said. "May
the wind of the Spirit drive the mission of this new diocese
The new diocese, which was officially created on Easter Day, was
commended by the Queen. In a letter, published in Sunday's order of
service, she described the diocese as a "clear example of how the
Church is responding to Christ's call to proclaim the gospel afresh
in a rapidly changing society".
After the service, Bishop Baines said: "The task of shaping this
new diocese in the years ahead is enormous and eye-wateringly
complex, but it also gives us great creative scope for rethinking
how we do things.
"I'm up for the challenge, and, given people's enthusiasm at
York Minster on Sunday, I know the people of West Yorkshire and the
Dales are, too."
Bishop Baines will be formally enthroned at each of the
diocese's cathedrals - Wakefield, Ripon, and Bradford - in