Archbishop Michael put it well when he implied that yesterdays Episcopal Ordination of Pat Storey was indeed a very special moment for the Church of Ireland – but also simply the church doing what it does in ministry. Still it was a very special moment and Bishop Mark Strange and I were glad to be there to share it.
And all moments of this kind are special. I always think about the reality of ministry for the person – the wonderful moments which are in every ministry. But also the long slog and the difficult meetings and the being misunderstood and the need to seem to have created movement in an apparently intractable situation within the time frame of a hour. So we said our prayers that the grace of ordination may abound in Bishop Pat