Bishop Nicholas Consecrated
Nicholas Holtam was consecrated as Bishop of Salisbury on Friday 22 July by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral, London.
Bishop Nicholas was ordained alongside the new Suffragan Bishop of Stepney Adrian Newman, the former Dean of Rochester.
The sermon was preached by the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, who reflected that being asked to be a bishop isn’t so much about what you’re meant to do but more about what you’re meant to be: identity rather than task.
Speaking about the life and witness of the very first apostle, Mary of Magdala, prominent amongst the Galilean disciples because she was the very first person to encounter the resurrected Jesus, the Dean argued that this unique status should have communicated to subsequent generations an invitation to a discipleship of equals, rather than her being blackened through the centuries.
She went on to compare the calling of Mary Magdalene with that of the two new Bishops, Nicholas Holtam and Adrian Newman: just as she was healed, so they have been sent as people who must know themselves the healing of Christ. All three are leaders in mission, as all are a focus for unity.
The Dean ended by leading prayer for them in the separation that is part of a bishop’s vocation, as it was Mary’s, since they have been given a way of life rather than a job description. She ended, ‘May it be the love of Christ which urges them on: that they might know that God will be unfailingly merciful and gentle with them. After all, He calls them by name. Bishop Nicholas. Bishop Adrian.’
Bishop Nicholas will begin his public ministry on Saturday 15 October when he will be enthroned in Salisbury Cathedral. More information can be found here.