Following the original announcement by Downing Street on 7th May, the Diocese of Ely has looking forward Dagmar joining us, also making her East Anglia’s first female bishop.
The Reverend Canon Dagmar Winter said:
"The service was an amazing experience, right from the start, walking in with Bishop Christine and Bishop Stephen. With four of us being Consecrated, St Paul's Cathedral was really full and resonated with the voices of hundreds of people. We were very honoured to have the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, preaching, and the present Archbishop leading the consecration. And of course, it was lovely to see people from the Diocese of Ely here, together with so many faces of family and friends who had all come from near and far to support me on this day. I am very, very grateful and look forward to growing into this new and particular vocation. Thanks be to God."
Dagmar will take the title Bishop of Huntingdon (a Suffragan Bishop), working alongside the Bishop of Ely, The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, across the whole Diocese, comprising Cambridgeshire, the western quarter of Norfolk, south Peterborough, and some adjacent parishes.
Bishop Stephen reflected after the service “It is such a joy to have gathered with so many people today as we celebrate Dagmar’s Consecration as Bishop of Huntingdon. We are so thankful to God for calling her to this ministry and very excited about all she will bring to the life of the Diocese, and I am greatly looking forward to working with her.”
We look forward to welcoming her to her post in the autumn.
You can see more photographs of the day on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elydiocese/