HUNDREDS of well wishers packed out St John’s Cathedral for the ordination of the eighth Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth this afternoon.
The sound of trumpets resounded throughout the building, in Edinburgh Road, Landport, as the Most Reverend Philip Egan made his entrance.
During the service church leaders from the Portsmouth and Shrewsbury diocese, where Bishop Egan is from, laid hands on him before oil was poured on his head.
The congregation clapped and cheered following a letter from the Pope in Rome which gave his approval of the ordination.
Carol Taylor, 71, who works in the Cathedral’s Discovery Centre, said: ‘This is a wonderful occasion, one that I won’t witness again in my lifetime because a new bishop is ordained every 20 or so years.
‘I have only met Bishop Egan once but from what I have heard he is a very spiritual man.
‘This is an important day in the community. I’m so pleased by the turnout.’
Bishop Egan replaces Bishop Crispian Hollis, who retired following 24 years in the role.