Wednesday 9 December 2009

Archbishop Bernard Longley

Yesterday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham. Here he is seen preparing to take possession of his Cathedral Church.

A great crowd of bishops turned out for the installation Mass. The eagle-eyed will spot our own Bishop on the far right of the picture.

For Archbishop Nichols it was a return to familiar territory, finding himself back - albeit briefly - at the church which had been his cathedral from 2000 to May of this year.

After the glories of the day, the real work must now begin. Here the new Archbishop is - perhaps - seeking a little divine inspiration for the unenviable task he faces. The images in this post are from the Bishops' Conference Flickr site; you can find more images of yesterday's installation by clicking here.