Bishop June Osborne at her enthronment - photography Huw Ryden
Following 13 years as Dean of Salisbury June Osborne became the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff. She was was consecrated at a service in Brecon Cathedral on Saturday and and enthroned the following weekend, Saturday 22 July. Bishop June, one of the most senior church leaders in the UK, was appointed in April by the Church in Wales’ bishops, and is the second woman bishop in Wales. She said the move would serve as “something of a homecoming for the family, particularly because my husband is from Cardiff and it is a place we know and love”.
Bishop June blessing the city and diocese - photography Huw Ryden
Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in the British Isles; worship and prayer have been offered on this spot since the middle of the sixth century. The Llandaff Diocese covers an area ranging from west of Neath to most of Cardiff in the east, from the Bristol Channel in the south to Merthyr Tydfil in the north.
Bishop June knocking on the door of Llandaff Cathedral - photography Huw Ryden
Before the service could begin Bishop June had to request permission to enter the cathedral. As part of an ancient tradition she had to knock three times with her staff on the Cathedral’s West Door before being welcomed inside by the Dean of Llandaff, Gerwyn Capon. Her mandate to serve as the Bishop of Llandaff was then read out and she took her oath on the Cathedral Bible.