New bishop is consecrated

The new Bishop of Blackburn has been consecrated at a special service at York Minster.

The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. and Rt Hon. John Sentamu, led the two-hour service for the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, which was attended by around 1,500 people.

The new Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson with his wife Heather and the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. John Sentamu (s)

The new Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson with his wife Heather and the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. John Sentamu (s)

The archbishop said: “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 Henderson 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 Bishop was joined for the service by his wife Heather, their daughter Susannah and son Jamie.

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