Installation of the Eighth Bishop of Sheffield at Sheffield Cathedral
24th September 2017
On 23 September 2017, the Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox was installed as the Eighth Bishop of Sheffield in a service at Sheffield Cathedral.
The Cathedral was full with representatives from the city and wider diocese who saw the service begin with a colourful procession of clergy and lay people. Following this procession, and in an ancient tradition, Rt Revd Wilcox approached the West End of the Cathedral and knocked three times on the main door. He was then welcomed inside by young people from the city and the Dean of Sheffield, the Very Revd Peter Bradley.
Bishop Pete gave his first sermon during the service. He said:
“Let me begin, if I may, with some thanks. Cathy and I are hugely grateful for the warmth of the welcome we’ve received since we moved into Bishopscroft in June. We have very quickly been made to feel at home and among friends, here at the Cathedral and across the Diocese, here in this city and across the region. I’ve been particularly grateful for the warmth of welcome I’ve experienced this past week, as I’ve walked from one extremity of the Diocese (almost the farthest point from this Cathedral Church) to this place.”
The service comes at the end of a busy week for Bishop Pete. On Monday 18 September, the bishop embarked on a 50 mile walking prayer pilgrimage across the Diocese. He started out in Rawcliffe on the edge of the River Aire, which marks the very northern boundary of the Sheffield Diocese. He then finished at Sheffield Cathedral on the afternoon of Friday 22 September.
The installation marks the start of his full ministry as bishop for the city of Sheffield and the wider diocese.