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New Bishop of Ludlow consecrated

The Archbishop of Canterbury with Bishop Alistair Magowan
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams consecrated Bishop Magowan

The new Bishop of Ludlow has been consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Right Reverend Alistair Magowan took over the role in a service at London's St Paul's Cathedral.

The new bishop, previously Archdeacon of Dorset, replaces Michael Hooper who retired this year from the Diocese of Hereford.

The Right Reverend Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford, will lead a welcome service in Ludlow on Sunday.

It will take place at St Laurence's Church.

Bishop Alistair is a member of the General Synod, the Church of England's national assembly.

He is also on the steering committee which is working towards appointing women as bishops in the Church of England.

Bishop Alistair has already moved to Bishop's House in Halford, near Craven Arms, Shropshire, with his wife Louise and their daughter Susanna.

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