The new Bishop of Ludlow will be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London next week. Alistair Magowan, who is currently the Archdeacon of Dorset, will get his new title on Tuesday 29th September, during a service which starts at 11am.
“We are really looking forward to this service,” said the Bishop of Hereford, Anthony Priddis. “I shall be one of the two Bishops presenting him for consecration to Archbishop Rowan, a traditional part of this service, the Bishop of Salisbury, his current Bishop will be the other one.”
The service will mean that Alistair Magowan can start work as the Bishop of Ludlow. He has already moved to Bishop’s House in Halford near Craven Arms, with his wife Louise and his daughter, Susanna, in time for the new school year.
The new Bishop has worked on the national stage of the Church of England. He is a member of the General Synod, the Church’s Parliament and serves on the all important Business Committee. He has chaired the Election Review Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee working on the legislation which will see the first women bishops in the Church of England. He has already indicated his enjoyment of change.
“I enjoy change and when I get to Ludlow I shall be looking for something different,” the new Bishop has said previously. “I am really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting people. I like to spot the tiny spark in any encounter that can fire our imaginations and when harnessed bring about transformation.”
The Diocese will welcome him at a special service in St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow on Sunday 4th October. “We hope to have an informal service on Sunday in Ludlow.” said Bishop Anthony. “We hope that parishioners and clergy from all over the Diocese will be there to say hello to our new man. It’s a service which is open to all and will be followed by tea at Ludlow School.” Bishop Anthony Priddis will lead the service while the New Bishop of Ludlow will have his first opportunity to preach to the Diocese.
Alistair Magowan will be installed as a member of the College of Canons in Hereford Cathedral on Friday 2nd October at Evensong at 5.30pm. It is the feast day of St Thomas Cantilupe, whose tomb is in the cathedral.