The new Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Dr Jane Steen at Norwich Cathedral during Wednesday’s history-making ceremony. Picture: Diocese of Norwich

The first woman bishop in Norfolk and Waveney, the Rt Rev Dr Jane Steen, was consecrated yesterday (Wednesday) as the new Bishop of Lynn.

The ceremony took place in front of 250 people at Norwich Cathedral and Bishop Jane was the first suffragan bishop to have been consecrated in the cathedral. 

Suffragan bishops are usually consecrated in London or York, but this was altered due to the pandemic.

The Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London, as Dean of the Province of Canterbury, presided over the service.

Bishop Jane was anointed with sacred oil, signifying her role of leadership within the royal priesthood of Christ’s people, given her ring and pectoral cross and she received a copy of the Bible. 

This was followed by the  installation of the new bishop by the Dean of Norwich.

Newly-ordained Bishop Jane was given the pastoral staff and mingled with the guests at the end of the service. Afterwards, a picnic was held in the Bishop of Norwich’s garden. 

Bishop Jane said: “I feel humbled and honoured to be the first woman consecrated as a bishop in Norwich Cathedral. It is overwhelmingly beautiful, its stones saturated by the prayers of so many generations.”

The Rt Rev Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich, praised her “deep pastoral care” for the people and communities that she served previously in Southwark and the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, said: “In the new Bishop of Lynn, the Church of God receives a gift that has been significantly formed, we are glad to say, in the Diocese of Southwark. 

“We wish Jane well as she begins this new phase of her ministry and we pray for her, and her husband Pip, and the people she will serve in the Diocese of Norwich.”

Bishop Jane takes on the role following the retirement of Rev Canon Christopher Ivory last May. A retirement service for Canon Ivory is to be held on Sunday in Lynn Minster.