The Church of Ireland’s first female Bishop will take up her post this weekend.
Rev Pat Storey, who for the last ten years has served the congregation of Derry’s St Augustine’s Church, will have her Service of Consecration into the Diocese of Meath and Kildare, at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin at 2pm on Saturday.
One of the most difficult things about moving is saying goodbye to my parishioners in St Augustine’s,” Rev. Storey said.
“Part of what made it such a happy time was that fact that our children, Carolyn and Luke, quickly made many good friends here.
“Our daughter Carolyn met and married a good ‘Derry man’, Peter Smith. She and Peter live here so this will keep a family link here for us.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge of my new post in Meath and Kildare. It feels like a step into the unknown in terms of the job.
“We have a very strong sense of being a family in the church but I was delighted by their constant willingness to reach out to all parts of our community.
“Part of the reason I feel so happy in ministry is the great experience of the last 10 years there.”
The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good, paid tribute to Rev. Storey.
“The news that Rev Pat Storey is to be the next Bishop of Meath and Kildare was met with widespread delight.
“We assure her of our gratitude for all she has done in her fruitful time of ministry here in Derry and Raphoe.
“Her influence and impact on life in the wider community has been very positive and much appreciated.”
Services of installation at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim, on December 6, and at the Cathedral Church of St Brigid, Kildare, on December 14, will follow this weekend’s Service of Consecration.