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Farewell service for Bishop Julian and Heather

The final farewell service for Bishop Julian and Heather will take place from 2pm on July 16 at Blackburn Cathedral.

On the same day the Diocesan Synod meeting takes place from 9.30am. Lunch will be provided for Synod members who are staying on for the service. 

It would help to the Cathedral to manage numbers if you could book in advance via Eventbrite using this link

This is not essential however and people can and should also turn up on the day.

  • The Farewell Eucharist Service will be a major County event and will be attended by many civic and faith leaders from across Lancashire.
  • Also in attendance will be current and former members of the Bishop’s Leadership Team; former Bishops and Archdeacons plus clergy and parishioners from churches across the whole Diocese.
  • Click here for the main 'landing page for every update in the last few weeks related to Bishop Julian and Heather's farewell to the Diocese. 

Livestream link

  • The service will be livestreamed here on the Blackburn Cathedral YouTube channel ...

Order of Service

The Order of Service, so you can follow proceedings while watching the livestream, is available here. 

Eucharist and laying down of the Bishop of Blackburn's crozier. Order of Service. 

Social media for the service

Ronnie Semley, Diocesan Communications Manager, will also be live tweeting pictures and short video clips from before, during and after the service on our Twitter account @cofelancs and posts will also appear on Facebook/BlackburnDiocese

Service coverage on Diocesan channels and in the media

The retirement of Bishop Julian and Heather has featured in Diocesan communications channels (including this website) and in the local media extensively and will continue to do so over the weekend and into next week - including pictures and video content. 





Ronnie Semley, July 15 2022