Consecration will be ‘celebration of faith and hope’ says Bishop John

The consecration of the Bishop of Llandaff will be “a wonderful celebration of faith and hope for the future” Bishop John has said, as Brecon Cathedral prepares to host the service.

June Osborne, who has served as Dean of Salisbury for the past 13 years, will be consecrated in Brecon on July 15. She was appointed as the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff in April by the Church in Wales’ bishops.

The consecration will be held at Brecon as Bishop John is the Church’s Senior Bishop. It will be only the fifth time that a bishop has been consecrated at the cathedral.

Bishop-designate June will be led into the cathedral by a long procession which will include clergy, bishops, diocesan registrars and chancellors, canons, and members of the Church’s Governing Body and Electoral College.

Bishop John and 19 other bishops present, from Wales and other countries, will consecrate the new bishop. She will be anointed with the oil of Chrism and be presented with the symbols of office – the episcopal ring, pectoral cross and mitre, as well as a Bible and a pastoral staff.

The address will be given by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, and the Gospel will be read by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, who was the Anglican Communion’s first woman primate.

Choristers and Lay Clerks from Salisbury Cathedral will join Brecon Cathedral Choir to sing at the service.

Bishop John said, “This service will be a wonderful celebration of faith and hope for the future as we consecrate June as bishop and welcome her into the family of the Church in Wales. I am sure everyone will welcome, support and pray for her as she begins this new stage in her ministry.

“We are immensely pleased to host it and to welcome friends from Llandaff, Salisbury and many other places to what is one of Wales’ most beautiful and historic settings.”

Bishop-designate June said, “Being ordained a bishop into the Church in Wales is such an immense privilege and to be the Bishop of Llandaff even more so. We only ever consecrate bishops to a particular context and to know that at Brecon Cathedral my future ministry will be dedicated to the land and people of the Llandaff diocese is both exciting and inspiring. I am profoundly grateful for this call to a new role, for people’s prayers and good wishes, and for God’s goodness and grace on which I will seek to rely.”

Due to limited space, entry to the service, which begins at 2.30pm, will be by ticket only. A collection will be taken for Christian Aid’s work in South Sudan.

Bishop June will be enthroned at Llandaff Cathedral a week later at 11am on July 22.

It will be only the fifth time that a bishop has been consecrated in Brecon Cathedral. Three of the previous occasions were during the time when John Morgan was Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff when his own Cathedral was out of use for major services because of damage it sustained during World War II. The only other occasion was the consecration, in 1986, of Clifford Wright to be Bishop of Monmouth. At the time Bishop Benjamin Vaughan of Swansea & Brecon was Senior Bishop of the Church in Wales.

Church historian Rev William Price said, “David Bartlett was consecrated for St Asaph on September 21, 1950; Glyn Simon was consecrated for Swansea and Brecon on January 6, 1954; and John Richards was consecrated for St Davids on November 30, 1956. These consecrations were all held in Brecon, during the Primacy of John Morgan, because his own cathedral at Llandaff was out of use for major services after World War II.”