Published Friday, 20 September 2013
The Rev Pat Storey, Rector of St Augustine's in Londonderry, was chosen by the Church of Ireland as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare.
She said: "I have had an extraordinarily happy experience in St Augustine's and in this wonderful city, which I will be sad to leave.
"However, I count it an enormous privilege to begin a new phase of my ministry with the people of Meath and Kildare.
"I look forward to working with the team of clergy who are already there. I would sincerely ask for your prayers for myself and my family, who are the best family in the world."
Rev Pat Storey, 53, grew up in Belfast and is a married mother of two.
She was appointed to her ministry in Derry in 2004, and will succeed Dr Richard Clarke, who is now Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
Dr Clarke said: "Having known Pat Storey since she was an undergraduate and I was Chaplain at Trinity College, Dublin, I very much welcome her as a new bishop.
"She is a person of great warmth, intelligence and spiritual depth and I am certain that her ministry in the Dioceses of Meath and Kildare and the wider Church will be a blessing to many. We remember her and her family in our prayers."
Presbyterian Moderator Dr Rob Craig has congratulated Rev Pat Storey.
He said: "As I fellow minister in Londonderry I have always appreciated Pat's warm personality and her enthusiastic involvement in the life of both the churches and the community here in city. I wish her well in this new chapter in her life and her ministry."
Dr Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, said: "I offer Bishop-elect Pat my congratulations and ask God's richest blessing on her as she prepares for this new phase of her ministry."
© UTV News