Saturday, 21 March 2009

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

This is Rt Rev. Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. He was ordained bishop yesterday in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle. The Diocese is one of six which share a border with the Lancaster Diocese; the others are Liverpool, Salford, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Galloway.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool was the principal consecrator; the co-consecrators were Bishop Ambrose Griffiths, former Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (seen above, nearest the camera), and our own Bishop Michael Campbell (also pictured next to the Archbishop).

The Cathedral staff in Newcastle are no doubt very relieved that the event went well and perhaps (if our own experience is anything to go by) somewhat exhausted too! Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor and Cardinal O'Brien were present, as was the Papal Nuncio. The two Cardinals and the Nuncio will be in Lancaster for Bishop O'Donoghue's retirement and Bishop Campbell's inauguration on 1st May. The pictures of yesterday's ordination suggest that it was a very fine occasion; if you'd like to take a look, you can see more on the Bishops' Conference website, here, or on the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle site, here. The Cathedral's website also carries a report and some pictures - click here.