Rachel Treweek took another step towards her installation as the Bishop of Gloucester at a special legal ceremony in London on Monday 15 June.
Representatives from the Diocese of Gloucester and the national Church met in the Crypt at St Mary le Bow in London for the historic ceremony, called the ‘Confirmation of election’. The church is home to the Court of Arches, the ecclesiastical court of the Church of England covering the Province of Canterbury.
The confirmation ensured the legal processes were properly carried out, signed and witnessed. It was also the moment when Rachel legally became the Bishop of Gloucester although she will not take up her new role until after she is consecrated bishop on 22 July at Canterbury Cathedral.
A motion temporarily delgating powers from the Bishop of Gloucester to the Bishop of Tewkesbury was carried at Diocesan Synod on Saturday 13 June. Over the summer Rachel will make private preparations for her ministry, including moving into her residence in Gloucester. She will take up her ministry as Bishop of Gloucester in September before her formal installation at Gloucester Cathedral.
As the ceremony came to a close and her legal status as Bishop of Gloucester was confirmed, well wishers greeted her with applause.