Weâ€™re pleased to welcome Rt Revd Bishop Beverley as Bishop of Warrington following her consecration yesterday in York Minister. We wish her blessings as she joins us at the Diocese of Liverpool. Her welcome service will be held at Liverpool Cathedral on 17th November at 3 pm.
Bev Mason was consecrated in front of hundreds of well-wishers at a special service at York Minster Today (October 18th). Several from our diocese made the journey across the Pennines to join family members and her colleagues from the Diocese of Leeds.
Alongside the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop Paul presented Bev for ordination to the episcopate while The Bishop of Worcester, The Rt Revd Dr John Inge preached the sermon.
Using the traditional forms for the consecration of bishops, Bev swore her various oaths of allegiance and made her vows ahead of the laying on of hands from her colleague bishops across the Northern Province of York. Hymns, chosen by Bev - "I bind myself today the strong name of the Trinity" and "O thou who camest from above" reflected her convictions as she was consecrated.
Bishop Bev said “Today has been an incredibly moving and powerful service and I’m grateful for all who have surrounded today with prayer.
“In this service, I had a real sense of binding myself to the Trinity. This is important to me as evidenced by my ring and staff. I serve in the strength of the Trinitarian God - and I will carry that out of the minster and into Liverpool.
“I am keenly aware that I am entering the apostolic tradition of witness, proclamation and service. For me, this will be shaped by the mission of God as we express it in Liverpool. I will do all in my power to support and encourage my sisters and brothers in endeavouring to be a bigger church making a bigger difference in their worshipping community, parish, school, and Chaplaincy.
“I look forward with eagerness to the next stage of my journey as I am received into the Diocese in November and I hope that you will be able to join me in this celebration, not just of my ministry, but of all God is doing in our particular ministries and vocations in the Diocese of Liverpool
“For now my deepest gratitude for your prayers and warm wishes. God bless you.”
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:
"Since Beverley first gave her life to Christ on the top of Table Mountain whilst on a backpacking trip in 1994, she has never ceased to grow in her commitment to Christ and in witnessing to Him. I am delighted that she will now bring her rich gifts of discipleship and mission to her new role as Bishop of Warrington and we give thanks to God for this today. Please join me in prayer that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, she may be empowered to encourage many others to encounter the risen Christ as she witnesses to the transforming and liberating truth of the Gospel. Warrington Wolves may have lost to Wigan, but they all are great and very determined!"
Bishop Paul said:
"Beverley’s ordination and consecration as Bishop is a milestone on her own journey with God, as well as for the ministry of bishops in this Diocese. I am delighted to welcome her as a colleague here and I look forward to the enrichment of the ministry of all of us that she will bring.
As we celebrate Bishop Bev’s consecration we now look forward to joining her at Liverpool Cathedral, as we welcome her to our Diocese on November 17. May God bless her, and through her may God bless us all, as she starts her ministry here in the Diocese of Liverpool."
â€œI look forward with eagerness to the next stage of my journey as I am received into the Diocese in November and I hope that you will be able to join me in this celebration, not just of my ministry, but of all God is doing in our particular ministries and vocations in the Diocese of Liverpool"
Bishop Paul would love to fill our cathedral as we welcome Bishop Bev to our diocese and install her in our diocese. We are not issuing tickets for parishes but clergy and readers who wish to robe are encouraged to follow the link.