Posted Friday 23 April 2010
The Very Rev Dr Gregor Duncan will be consecrated and installed as the new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway in a special service in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow on Friday 23 April at 6.30pm. Gregor Duncan has been serving as Rector of St Ninian’s Church, Pollokshields for 11 years and Dean of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway for 14 years.
The Service of Consecration will be attended by about 400 people including representatives from Scottish Episcopal churches across Scotland, other church denominations and local dignitaries including Baillie Catherine McMaster who will represent Glasgow’s Lord Provost.
The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Rev David Chillingworth, will lead the service and says “A new bishop comes to lead the clergy and people of his diocese in mission. He comes to be a focus of unity and a prayerful friend and pastor to the clergy and people. The congregations of Glasgow and Galloway will welcome Bishop Gregor as their new leader. I am delighted to welcome him as a new member of our College of Bishops.”
The Primus will be joined by other bishops of the Church in consecrating Gregor Duncan (this involves joint laying on of hands with prayer). Other clergy from across the UK will take part in a robed procession which will lead the new bishop in to the Cathedral. Clergy from overseas were expected to join in the service, including the Bishop of Kentucky (whose diocese is linked with the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway) but they are now unable to do so in light of the flight disruptions caused by the recent air-space closures. A significant part of the service will include entrusting the new bishop with the Diocesan Crozier (shaped like a shepherd’s crook) – the sign of a bishop’s pastoral office. He will also receive the bishop’s ring and pectoral cross.
Gregor Duncan (age 59) was elected as the Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway in January, following the retirement last year of the Rt Rev Dr Idris Jones, and says “I am looking forward to being consecrated bishop to serve among the people and the wider community of the diocese. It is with hope but also an awareness of the challenges ahead that I intend to give myself wholly to the ministry of bishop.”
Following his consecration Gregor Duncan will become the ‘Rt Rev’ – the title given to bishops in the Scottish Episcopal Church. His interests include collecting records and CDs; cooking and entertaining; reading modern novels, travel and history books.