Fens welcome for new Bishop of Ely
PUBLISHED: 10:45 06 March 2011
FIFTEEN white doves were released to celebrate the installation of the new Bishop of Ely.
The Rt Rev Stephen Conway, 53, was installed in the cathedral with a ceremony on Saturday and will now take up his official duties in the Diocese.
St Mary’s church hosted an initial service where more than 200 local children helped Bishop Conway into his robes.
The event was filmed live by Diocesan crews and projected onto a big screen in Ely Cathedral where hundreds of parishioners packed the pews.
The children, local clergy and Bishop Conway’s family, all equipped with instruments and bubbles, then led a procession to the cathedral green, where the doves were released.
Addressing the congregation, Bishop Conway said: “Since I have arrived in Ely, I have had the opportunity to travel in company with incumbents and other ministers around the Cambridge South and Wisbech and Lynn Marshland deaneries.
“This has encouraged me hugely as I have listened to colleagues describing lives and ministries rooted in god and committed to drawing others with them on that journey of discovery.
“I look forward joyfully to being at the heart of this pilgrim band with all who want to join in during the years to come. I shall be a pilgrim in all of our communities as this year progresses.
“I have already enjoyed the wonder of big East Anglian skies. I have experienced very long views and a sense of earth and sky merging together in a glorious pattern. I look forward to taking the long view as we pray for a future of growth and renewal in the Diocese of Ely.”
Bishop Conway came to the Diocese of Ely from Salisbury where he had been serving as Bishop of Ramsbury from 2006.
He grew up in South London and attended Oxford University before teaching at Glenalmond College in Scotland. He read Theology at Cambridge University and was ordained a priest in 1987 and spent his parochial ministry in the Diocese of Durham.
Bishop Conway has a passionate interest in mental health. He is a keen walker, likes watching rugby and cricket, and enjoys the cinema.