A former management consultant and social worker became the Bishop of Dunwich during a moving ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
The Revd Dr Canon Mike Harrison, 52, was consecrated as Bishop of Dunwich in the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese earlier today.
Bishop Mike, whose new role will include helping the Church grow in Suffolk, said: “When I was young our family tradition at Christmas was to write (a short) Christmas present list and at the top of mine was always ‘surprises’.
“Coming into this diocese takes me back to that because it feels as if I know very little indeed about St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and surprises will certainly be in store.
“However, I am greatly encouraged from what I have been told that this is a diocese of great warmth, welcome and hospitality.’’
The new Bishop of Dunwich said one of his priorities was quite simply to get to know the diocese, which includes almost all of Suffolk. He plans to initially focus on listening to the joys and challenges facing Christian communities, priests and people and the Church within the county as a whole.
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, added: “What Mike brings to our county in particular is experience of the growth and renewal of the rural Church in Leicestershire, the second fastest growing diocese in the country.
“Mike has experience with young people’s programmes, youth projects and church schools and will aim to strengthen that work in our county too.”
The Diocese has two Bishops, currently the Rt Revd Martin Seeley, and his assistant, the Bishop of Dunwich.
Bishop Mike served as Director of Mission and Ministry in the Leicester Diocese and also Honorary Canon of Leicester Cathedral. The father of four worked as a management consultant and social worker before training for the ministry at Oxford.