Service for new Bishop of Berwick
The service took place at York Minster on Tuesday, January 5, the Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany.
The Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell, presided and preached at the service. He was assisted by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Rev Christine Hardman, and the Bishop of Chester, the Right Rev Mark Tanner (formerly Bishop of Berwick).
The consecration service took place in the context of the Eucharist and included readings, prayers, music and a sermon.
It was held under careful guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic – with strict limits on the numbers attending.
The service was live-streamed making it possible for Mark’s family and friends unable to be present and members of the worldwide Christian family to experience the occasion in real time.
Commenting on his consecration, Bishop Mark said: “It’s an extraordinary privilege to become the Bishop of Berwick and humbling to be consecrated at York Minster on the eve of Epiphany.
“I am very much looking forward to serving God alongside Bishop Christine in a diocese I know and love.
“These continue to be challenging times, with so many people concerned for loved ones and livelihoods, yet the Church has such deep hope and joy in Jesus Christ to offer everyone.
“I look forward to working with all those in our communities who seek to work together for a more compassionate society – sharing our hope and faith in Christ with humility, wisdom and courage.”
Archbishop Stephen said: “I am delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted the nomination of the Venerable Mark Wroe as the next Suffragan Bishop of Berwick.
“Mark has a heart for the people of God in the North East. His compassion, dedication and energy will inspire others in growing the Church and in building hope.
“I pray he will continue to be a blessing to the Diocese of Newcastle in his new role.”