From the Vicar
Back on the very last day of November, almost 300 miles from Truro, in London, an event took place that may have seemed remote but which was both significant and joyful for the Church in Cornwall.
At a service in London’s magnificent cathedral, St Paul’s, Canon Philip Mountstephen, was consecrated Bishop by Archbishop Justin Welby. Canon, now Bishop, Philip is to be the 16th Bishop of Truro, to succeed Bishop Tim, who left in August 2017 to be Bishop at Lambeth.
After the service at St Paul’s, Bishop Philip said: “It was a humbling experience to be there with so many family, friends and colleagues, old and new. It gave me an incredible sense of place and purpose to be consecrated at St Paul’s, which is such an iconic and historic cathedral. I cannot say how excited I am to be moving to Cornwall now, and to follow God’s call to mission as the Bishop of Truro. It is undoubtedly a privilege, and I cannot wait to begin serving the diocese in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and our two parishes in Devon.”
It probably goes without saying that the Church of England never does anything in much of a hurry, and it certainly does seem that we have been waiting an awfully long time for the post of our Diocesan Bishop to be filled.
In the meantime we have been richly blessed by the loving leadership and pastoral care of Bishop Chris, Bishop of St Germans, for which we are deeply grateful. It was indeed Bishop Chris who led my Licensing service at St Mabyn back in February.
Now we prepare formally to welcome Bishop Philip into our Diocese and county. He and his wife Ruth have already moved in Lis Escop, the Bishop’s house at Feock and on Saturday 12th January he will be installed at a service in Truro cathedral, at which he will be presented with his crozier, or Bishop’s staff, and seated on his ‘cathedra’, his ‘throne’, from which Latin word a cathedral gets its name.
At this challenging but exciting time for the Church in our region, we pray for Bishop Philip as he treads in the footsteps of the missionary saints of Cornwall:
Father, make Bishop Philip a shepherd to the people you have entrusted to him, ready to defend the weak, to work for justice, to care and to love as extravagantly and recklessly as you did in giving your Son who was born, lived and died among us that we may know life in all its resurrected glory. Amen.