Today, Peter Andrew Eagles, formerly Deputy Chaplain General HM Land Forces and Archdeacon for the Army, was consecrated to serve as the Bishop of Sodor and Man by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a service commencing at 11.00am.
The Archbishop opened the service by welcoming a joyful York Minster, where Pete Wilcox was also consecrated as the Bishop of Sheffield.
People in the congregation had travelled from across the UK and the Island in good number to attend the consecration and to enjoy a wonderful time of celebration.
After the initial formalities Peter Eagles was presented to the Archbishop by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcombe, and the Bishop of the Armed Forces, Nigel Stock. Peter now succeeds the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, who resigned in 2016. As Bishop of Sodor and Man, he will have oversight over the Church of England parishes on the Isle of Man and will sit in Tynwald, the Island's parliament..
The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham, preached at the service with readings from the Revd Dr Beth Keith and Jonathan Wilcox. During the service both new bishops were presented with a bible and a pastoral staff (the traditional bishop’s ‘crozier’ symbolising a shepherd’s care for their flock). Bishop Peter was also presented with his Charge from the Archbishop of York after it had had been read out to the congregation.The Dean of Peel Cathedral was asked if he would ensure that Bishop Peter will be admitted and inducted to office on the Island. Following a gentle humourous moment he confirmed that he would.
Following the service, Peter was joined by his wife Gail for the traditional photograph of bishops on the steps of York Minster.
Bishop Peter will now also pay homage to the Queen, acknowledging her as Sovereign and Supreme Governor, during a brief private ceremony at Buckingham Palace over the summer. He will then be installed as Bishop of Sodor and Man at a service due to take place in September 2017 at Peel Cathedral following which he will then fully start his ministry in the diocese.