On Tuesday 28 January the Cathedral hosts the Consecration of the Venerable Martin Gorick to be the Bishop of Dudley
on the Feast Day of Thomas Aquinas, the Cathedral hosts the Consecration of the Venerable Martin Gorick to be the Bishop of Dudley by the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops.
The Venerable Martin Gorick
Martin Gorick was born in Liverpool in 1962, later moving to Nottingham where he went to West Bridgford Comprehensive School. He first felt called to be ordained at his Confirmation aged 12, before the complexities of teenage years made that feel completely impossible! However an experience of the overwhelming forgiveness and love of God in Jesus Christ turned his life around. Offering the rest of his life to God he went on to study Theology at Cambridge and for the priesthood at Cuddesdon before being ordained in Durham in 1987.
His two training incumbents were Alex Whitehead and Frank White, both of whom are here today, along with our preacher Alison White, herself a part of the
team in Birtley. Martin went on to be Chaplain to Richard Harries, then Bishop of Oxford, before becoming Vicar of Smethwick and Area Dean in the Black Country deanery of Warley in Birmingham Diocese. Twelve years as Vicar of Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon followed, where Martin enjoyed being Chaplain for the RSC and helped raise several million pounds to keep a roof over Shakespeare’s grave as well as to develop mission and ministry in Britain’s most visited parish church.