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New bishop enthroned at cathedral

The Right Reverend Cannon Robert Paterson (pic: Diocese of York)
The Right Reverend Canon Robert Paterson succeeds Graeme Knowles

The new Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man has been enthroned at Peel Cathedral before a packed congregation.

Hundreds of people watched the Right Reverend Robert Paterson become enthroned during the cathedral service on Saturday afternoon.

Two youth choirs, an array of musicians and a Manx harpist took part in the service for the 58-year-old.

Bishop Paterson, former chaplain of the Archbishop of York, was formally consecrated at Easter.

He succeeded the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, who left the Isle of Man to become Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.

'Special community'

Bishop Paterson conducted his first sermon in the island at Malew on Thursday.

Sodor and Man is the smallest diocese in the Church of England, overseeing 45 churches and 27 parishes.

Speaking after his appointment was announced in February, Bishop Paterson said: "I am delighted that God's call has led me to the Isle of Man and to its people.

"I am very much looking forward to becoming part of this special community with its ancient heritage and proud traditions."

He has been a parish priest in Wales and has worked in the field of mission at a national level. He has also worked at international level on issues of theological education.

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