Watch Bishop Steven’s inauguration online

THE service to mark the inauguration of Bishop Steven’s ministry as the Bishop of Oxford will be webcast from the Cathedral so that as many people as possible across the Diocese can watch.

The Cathedral – uniquely in the Church of England also a college chapel of Oxford University – is relatively small, given the size of the Diocese, which means that invitations are limited to a set number of ticket holders. Among the congregation will be representatives of the civic life of the three counties, as well as Bishop Steven’s friends, family and colleagues from the Sheffield Diocese.

Senior clergy from each of the three overseas dioceses linked to the Diocese of Oxford will take part in the service. The Rt Revd Pushpalalitha Eggoni, the Bishop of Nandyal in India, the Rt Revd Fredrik Modéus, the Bishop of Växjö in Sweden and the Very Revd Reginald Leeuw, the Dean of Kimberley in the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in South Africa, will all give their blessing to Bishop Steven. While they are here, they are each taking part in a programme of visits around the Diocese.

During the service Bishop Steven will take a formal oath to the Archbishop of Canterbury, represented

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft.

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft.

on the day by the Acting Archdeacon of Canterbury.

He will also pronounce a blessing over the city of Oxford and the Diocese as a whole. The service combines the traditional with the modern, and includes music led by the Cathedral choir and also the Worship Band from St Andrew’s, Linton Road. It is expected to last around an hour.

The service, which takes place at 2.15pm on Friday 30 September, will be followed by services of welcome in each of the four archdeaconries to which all are welcome. These are on:

  • Wednesday 5 October, 7.45pm at Reading Minster
  • Sunday 9 October, 3.30pm at Dorchester Abbey
  • Wednesday 12 October, 7.30pm at the Church of the Holy Family on Blackbird Leys in Oxford
  • Thursday 13 October, at 6pm at All Saints, High Wycombe.

Everyone is welcome to attend these services. For the Reading event please email bishopreading@oxford.anglican.org to allow the organisers to plan the catering.