Details released of ordination of Canon Peter Collins as fifth bishop of East Anglia

The ordination of Canon Peter Collins as the Fifth Bishop of East Anglia will take place at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Wednesday December 14, before a congregation of up to 1,500 people and on live-stream, with some tickets still available.

The Episcopal Ordination, on the Feast of St John of the Cross, will begin with processions from 11am and start at 11.30am.

Livestream of Mass

The Mass will be live-streamed using the cathedral’s in-house cameras and cameramen from Audio Electronic Design to provide comprehensive coverage on the diocesan YouTube channel:

Who will be present

As a sign of the Universal Church, 30 bishops from England and Wales, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will be taking part.

As the appointment of a new bishop is always at the gift of the Pope, who is the successor to St Peter, the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador) to Great Britain will be represented by Mgr Ervin Lengyel, First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nuncio of Great Britain.

Also present at the Mass will be ecumenical guests including the Rt Rev Graham Usher Bishop of Norwich and the Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, as well as ecumenical representatives of other non-Catholic faiths within the Diocese.

Civic guests include His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, The Lady Dannatt and General The Lord Richard Dannatt, His Honour John Devaux, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk. Also present will be the mayors of Norwich and Peterborough and the High Sheriff of Norfolk.

The Family of Bishop-Elect Peter and members of his former parish of St Mary of the Angels, Canton and Holy Family, Fairwater in Cardiff will also be at the ordination.

Pictured above are Bishop Alan Hopes (left) and Bishop-Elect Peter Collins (right) at St John’s Cathedral after the announcement of the new bishop.

Full details from Diocese of East Anglia website: