Bishop Pat Storey is history maker

Right Rev Pat Storey pictured following her ordination Also included are the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson and BIshop Storey’s husband, Rev. Earl Storey. (Photo - Paul Harran)

The congregation brought together more than 500 people from across the Church of Ireland and wider Irish society, including the Bishop Storey’s father and brother, husband, daughter and son–in–law and many close friends and family members.

The Old Testament reading was given by the Rev Earl Storey, Bishop Storey’s husband; the Epistle was led by Mrs Deirdre Amor, a vestry member from St Augustine’s Parish, Derry where the new bishop was Rector from 2004 to 2013, and the Gospel proclaimed by the Rev Trevor Holmes, a deacon in County Meath.

In his sermon, the Rev Nigel Parker focused on the theme ‘Consecrate yourself to the Lord’ based on John 21. 1–17, saying that the application of consecration was ‘showing our love for Him who first loved us; placing ourselves entirely at His disposal; and declaring, “Whatever it takes!”’ In commending Pat to all present he said: ‘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 whole–heartedly to Him and His Church … 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.’

A large number of serving and retired bishops of the Church of Ireland were in attendance, including the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh, and former Archbishop of Dublin the Rt Rev Dr Walton Empey. From the wider Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury was represented by the Ven Sheila Watson; the Scottish Episcopal Church by the Primus, The Most Rev David Chillingworth, and the Church in Wales by Archbishop Barry Morgan; the Porvoo Communion was represented by Rt Rev Karsten Nissen. Also attending from other Irish Christian Church traditions were: the Rev Dr Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland; the Rt Rev Dr Rob Craig, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; the Most Rev Denis Nulty, Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Monsignor Dermot Farrell attending on behalf of the Bishop of Meath; and Dr Gesa Thiessen of the Lutheran Church. Dr Ali Selim represented the Islamic community.