Bishop Robert installed Exeter 2014

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undefinedThe 71st Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, was installed at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 5 July. He was processed down the High Street by children representing Devon's 131 church schools.

Also present were a group from the Young Farmers Association (who formed a guard of honour with their pitchforks) and the Barnstaple Youth Marching Band.

Robert (Bishop of Stockport from 2008 until earlier this summer) paused at the great west doors of Exeter Cathedral to pray – marking the end of a ‘prayer pilgrimage’ he’d taken around Devon in previous weeks – before knocking three times with his staff on the door.

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop, commended + Robert as a "true shepherd and wise teacher" to the people of the Diocese of Exeter during the installation service. 

Bishop Robert said he was a "Bishop with L plates" and didn't have all the answers but urged people to show joy in their faith. "We will not commend the gospel to the people of Devon by being po-faced and negative. What is demanded of us is not moralizing, but joy," he said.

After the service he went outside to bless the people of Devon and handed out ice creams to those watching on Cathedral Green.

Pictured above, + Robert after this installation with some of the people from our diocese who attended the service – Liz Geddes, Margaret Andrews and the Revd John Varty (who was chaplain to Robert when he was Bishop of Stockport)