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New Bishop of Dudley consecrated at St Paul's

The new Bishop of Dudley has been ordained and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a service in St Paul's.

The Reverend Canon Graham Usher officially became Right Reverend at the service of Eucharist on Tuesday 25 March.


Formerly the Rector and Lecturer of Hexham in the Diocese of Newcastle, Graham is now Suffragan Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester.
In ordaining Graham, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said: "Bishops are called to serve and care for the flock of Christ. Mindful of the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep, they are to love and pray for those committed to their charge, knowing their people and being known by them. As principal ministers of word and sacrament, stewards of the mysteries of God, they are to preside at the Lord’s table and to lead the offering of prayer and praise. They are to feed God’s pilgrim people, and so build up the Body of Christ."

The pastoral staff given to Graham is a gift from the Diocese of Newcastle. It is a traditional Northumbrian shepherd’s crook. He will use a mitre which belonged to Bishop Douglas Sargent, Bishop of Selby (1962-1971), by whom he was baptised.

The sermon was preached by The Reverend Canon Dr Dagmar Winter.