The search for unity is part of the nature of the Church
Robert Byrne, until now the Catholic National Ecumenical Officer, was ordained bishop in Birmingham yesterday by Archbishop Bernard Longley, himself a former National Ecumenical Officer.
The Prayer of Consecration was said as the Book of the Gospels was held over Robert's head. Cardinal Vincent Nichols (a President of Churches together in England) was the preacher, asking God to 'bless this new bishop with the gift of joy in its fullness, and kindness in its true depth, for then he will truly be a shepherd of your people, an apostle to your people and a cause of our joy'.
The ordination was attended by many ecumenical guests, including Bishop Christopher Foster (Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth and Chair of the Directors of Churches Together in England), David Cornick (CTE's General Secretary) and some of Robert's National Ecumenical Officer colleagues. Speaking at the end of the service, the new bishop spoke warmly of his time as Ecumenical Officer, saying that the search for unity is part of the nature of the Church and therefore of the ministry of every priest.
Visit the Birmingham diocese's website for a video of the ordination
, for Cardinal Vincent's homily
and other addresses
14 May 2014