A Derry based Church of Ireland minister has been appointed as the Anglican Church’s first ever female bishop in the UK and Ireland.
The Reverend Pat Storey, currently rector at St Augustine’s Church, known locally as the ‘Wee Church on the walls’ was announced as the new bishop of Meath and Kildare on Friday.
Announcing the appointment of the Revd Pat Storey, The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, 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 and I am certain that her ministry in the Diocese of Meath and Kildare and the wider Church will be a blessing to many. We remember her and her family in our prayers.”
Speaking as the news broke on Friday, Revd. Storey said she was both excited and daunted at the new appointment.
She said: “I have had an extraordinarily happy experience in St Augustine’s and in this wonderful city which I will be sad to leave. However, I count it an enormous privilege to begin a new phase of my ministry with the people of Meath and Kildare, and I look forward to working with the team of clergy who are already there. I would sincerely ask for your prayers for myself and my family, who are the best family in the world.”
Revd Storey is married to the Reverend Earl Storey and has two grown up children.
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