On Tuesday 29 September 2015, The Revd Anne Hollinghurst was consecrated as the tenth Bishop of Aston at a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Not only is Bishop Anne Birmingham Diocese’s first female bishop, she was presented with her episcopal ring originally worn by Bishop Hugh Montefiore a true pioneer and supporter of the ministry and ordination of women.
The Bishop of Birmingham will lead a special service in Birmingham Cathedral, which this year celebrates its tercentenary, to welcome Anne to the City and region later in the year.
The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham said: “Anne inherits the episcopal ring of a man both pioneering and passionate in his support of the ordained ministry of women. She inherits Hugh’s legacy, as the ring has been remodelled to fit her, so Anne will be stepping into this new era of episcopacy.”
Samuel Pitt Ltd, based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, were approached to work on the ring and to also design and produce Bishop Anne’s pectoral cross. The firm is currently celebrating 150 of manufacturing jewellery in the city.
Ed Pitt, Director of Samuel Pitt Ltd added: “It has been an honour to be able to produce Bishop Anne’s episcopal ring and pectoral cross.
“With Bishop Anne’s suggestion, the pectoral cross takes its inspiration from St Hilda, the founding abbess of the monastery in Whitby. It is a contemporary take on a Celtic design with a Whitby jet at its heart.”
The Bishop of Birmingham, The Rt Revd David Urquhart said: “I am delighted that Anne has accepted the invitation to join in leading the Mission of God across Birmingham and region and it was a great joy to, alongside colleagues and friends, see her consecrated. She comes with a wealth of experience of nurturing discipleship and growing the Church. I look forward to having a new episcopal colleague and to seeing faith in Jesus Christ flourish in this generation.”
Photos from the service can be seen by clicking here.