Last Tuesday, Martin Gorick officially became the next Bishop of Dudley after being ordained and consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a special service at Southwark Cathedral.

Martin in his consecrationIn the service, the Archbishop explained the role of a bishop as one who is called to serve and care for the flock of Christ; to nurture God’s people in the life of the Spirit and lead them in the way of holiness and to proclaim the gospel boldly, confront injustice and work for righteousness and peace in all the world.

Martin being prayed for by other bishopsMartin was presented for this new ministry by the bishops of Worcester and Oxford. He was prayed for by bishops from throughout the Church of England and anointed with oil by Archbishop Justin. He also received a bible, an episcopal ring and the Bishop’s staff that he will use as Bishop of Dudley.

Martin said: “I’m delighted to be joining Bishop John and the people of Dudley along with all across the Diocese of Worcester as we discover together how best to be the Church for England in this new decade. As a Black Country bishop I look forward to the church playing its part in the regeneration of Britain’s heartland in the West Midlands, and to working in partnership with all people of good will”

Martin in the serviceAt the service Martin was joined by colleagues from Worcester as well as his sending Diocese of Oxford where he had most recently been Archdeacon. There were also other friends and family present from throughout his life. The sermon was given by the Bishop of Hull, Alison White who talked about meeting Martin when he was first ordained as a curate.

Martin will be formally welcomed to the Diocese of Worcester on Saturday 22 February at a service at Top Church, Dudley at 4pm and then installed in Worcester Cathedral at Evensong at 4pm on Sunday 23 February. His ministry in the Diocese will begin after these services.

All are welcome to the services to welcome Martin to the Diocese in February. If you would like to attend, please email leonie.andrews@cofe-worcester.org.uk

See more photos from the consecration.