THE CHURCH OF Ireland has appointed its first female bishop, Reverend Pat Storey, who will take over as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.
Storey has been the rector of St Augustine’s Parish Church in Londonderry since 2004. The new bishop said she was “both excited and daunted by this new adventure”.
“I count it an enormous privilege to begin a new phase of my ministry with the people of Meath and Kildare, and I look forward to working with the team of clergy who are already there,” she said.
Storey is married with two children and lists “my golden retriever!” at the top of her personal interests on her CV.
Announcing the appointment today, Archbishop of Armagh, Rev Richard Clarke said Storey is a “a person of great warmth, intelligence and spiritual depth”.
The consecration of the new bishop will take place in due course, followed by enthronement in the diocesan cathedrals.