The new Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, was consecrated on Friday, November 30 at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.

Bishop Philip has already been elected Bishop of Truro by the College of Canons of Truro Cathedral.

He will now move into his official residence, Lis Escop, in Feock, near Truro, with his wife Ruth and begin his episcopal duties. Bishop Philip will not be formally welcomed to the diocese until January 12, when the service at Truro Cathedral will see him presented with his crozier, or bishop’s staff, and occupy his ‘cathedra’ – his official seat.


Bishop Philip said: “It was a humbling experience to be there with so many family, friends and colleagues, old and new. It gave me an incredible sense of place and purpose to be consecrated at St Paul’s, which is such an iconic and historic cathedral.

“I cannot say how excited I am to be moving to Cornwall now, and to follow God’s call to mission as the Bishop of Truro. It is undoubtedly a privilege, and I cannot wait to begin serving the diocese in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and our two parishes in Devon.”

Bishop Philip and Archbishop Justin, with Dean Roger and Truro Cathedral verger Robert Preston.