Pete Wilcox took another step towards his installation as the Bishop of Sheffield at a special service held by the Archbishop of York on the evening of 5 June.
The service included representatives from the Diocese of Sheffield who saw the legal process of the ‘confirmation of election’ of the ‘Bishop-elect’. Following this, the Very Revd Wilcox is now legally the Bishop of Sheffield and has spiritual jurisdiction over the Diocese. It was also the moment when he took his oaths of allegiance and canonical obedience.
Speaking after the event, Pete Wilcox said:
“As I relinquish, today, my responsibilities as the Dean of Liverpool, my heart is full of gratitude for all that I have learned during the past five years and have gained from this Cathedral and city. I am grateful, too, for all those who have assured me of their prayers over the coming weeks and months as I make this transition to Sheffield. Cathy and I are looking forward to making our home in Bishopscroft and to discovering with delight new people and places, and to sharing with our brothers and sisters across the Diocese of Sheffield in the work the Lord calls us to do together as we seek his kingdom in the power of the Spirit.”
The Archbishop of York said:
“Pete is a gifted Bible teacher, a pastor and an enthusiastic evangelist who will enable the peoples and parishes in the Diocese of Sheffield to take further their aims of making Christ visible together in mission. Please join me in holding Pete, his family and the Diocese of Sheffield in your prayers.”
The next stage of the process is for Pete to be consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England. This will take place at York Minster, on 22 June at 11am. Following that he will also pay homage to the Queen, acknowledging her as Sovereign and Supreme Governor, during a brief private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Pete and his wife Cathy will be moving to the diocese over the summer with his installation as Bishop of Sheffield due to take place in September 2017 at Sheffield Cathedral.