Hundreds of people will pack into Llandaff Cathedral this weekend to welcome their new bishop at her enthronement service.
Bishop June Osborne, who was consecrated as the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff in a service last weekend, will take her seat – or ‘throne’ – at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday. She is Llandaff Diocese’s first woman bishop and the second woman bishop in Wales.
However, before the service can begin Bishop June will have to request permission to enter the cathedral. As part of an ancient tradition she must knock three times with her staff on the cathedral’s west door before being welcomed inside by the Dean of Llandaff, Gerwyn Capon. Her mandate to serve as the Bishop of Llandaff will be read out and she will take her oath on the cathedral Bible.
During the service Bishop June will be anointed with the Oil of Chrism, vested with her cope and mitre and presented with the diocesan staff – the symbol of her authority in the diocese – before being installed in her seat in the cathedral, the Episcopal Throne.
She will then greet the cathedral Chapter and area deans along with civic dignitaries and faith leaders. Following this one of her first duties as bishop will be to deliver the sermon.
Bishop June said, “It is a very great privilege to become Bishop of Llandaff, an ancient post with many noble predecessors, and I look forward enormously to taking up this new ministry.”
Dean Capon said, “We are delighted to welcome our new Bishop June to the cathedral. The enthronement service enacts a tradition that goes back centuries to the early church and is essentially an expression of what we believe about the role of the bishop. She will have her seat at the heart of the mother church of the diocese, and from it, literally and metaphorically, Bishop June will nurture us in the faith.
“In turn, gathered around her, we will be able to pray for our bishop and support her in the vital ministry into which she has been called. Bishop June’s enthronement begins a new chapter in the life of the church in this diocese and we will commit ourselves to working with her and giving her the resources she will need to bring us all into a deeper relationship with Christ.”
Clergy and representatives from parishes across Llandaff Diocese have been invited to the service along with canons, bishops, diocesan staff, civic dignitaries and ecumenical guests.
Due to limited space, entry to the service on July 22, which begins at 11am, will be by ticket only. (picture above courtesy of Angela Hewitt)
A ground-breaking figure in the Church of England, Bishop June served as Dean of Salisbury for the past 13 years and was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years. She has been active in the national life of the Church of England, serving for many years on General Synod’s Standing Committee, including sitting on the Panel of Chairs.
One of the first women to be ordained as a priest in England in 1994, having been a Deaconess since 1980 and Deacon since 1987, Bishop June’s ministry has been characterised by her passion for equality and diversity and she was a founder of the Church’s Leading Women programme.
She is married to barrister Paul Goulding QC and they have two children, Megan and Tom.