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A Service of Welcome and Installation of The Bishop of Penrith, 17 March 2019

The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson was officially installed and welcomed as the Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – at a special service in Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday, 17 March 2019.  Carlisle Cathedral was full as supporters gathered to welcome Bishop Emma to her new ministry as Cumbria’s first female bishop. There was also opportunity for ecumenical and county leaders to welcome her and she was installed as an Honorary Canon.

She added: “The consecration in York Minster was fantastic; I didn’t think it could get any better but the service at Carlisle Cathedral was another step up. It was lovely to be welcomed formally by everyone there – from people representing different denominations and organisations such as the County Council through to five wonderful children from Bishop Harvey Goodwin School who presented me with a special gift of a friendship bracelet."
The title of Bishop of Penrith is an historic one, dating back initially to 1888, and then to 1944. It simply designates the Bishop who assists the Bishop of Carlisle - in technical terms the Suffragan Bishop. The Bishop of Penrith lives in Kendal, and – with the Bishop of Carlisle – covers the whole Diocese of Carlisle which is pretty much the same as the County of Cumbria.
A complete transcript of Emma's sermon is available online here.

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4 Tuesday April 2017

University and Cathedral - A New Understanding

The University of Cumbria and Carlisle Cathedral have reached an exciting stage in their relationship that extends beyond the use of the magnificent 900-year old building for the university’s twice-yearly graduation ceremonies.



A Memorandum of Understanding between these two significant institutions in Carlisle has now been signed that demonstrates a willingness to work together for mutual benefit. 


“Engagement with advancing plans for the Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral was the catalyst for an exploratory meeting to explore a possible partnership.  Visits to our university campuses and meetings with academic colleagues all contributed to the scoping of our potential to work together more strategically” said Sandra Booth, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise, Business Development and Engagement.


The partnership will now be greatly enhanced by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s recent award to the Cathedral Chapter. The Grade 1 listed Fratry building will be carefully   restored, made accessible, and brought into daily use by the addition of excellent new facilities and new key staff appointments. 


Revd Canon Jan Kearton commented “here at the Cathedral, we look forward to a time when our grounds and buildings will be filled with the fresh buzz and energy that young people bring, and to a deepening and enriching friendship with new University colleagues.”


Operational plans and specific subject agreements will now be developed with the potential for research and training, student placements, joint lecture programmes and new curriculum development across many subject areas.