My friend, Ross Bay, will be ordained the 11th bishop of Auckland tomorrow. We trained together for the priesthood in the 80s. Ross was vicar of Ellerslie/Mt Wellington and of Remuera before becoming Dean. Auckland is our largest diocese. Ross is married to Jacquie who works in science education. Ross is a man of integrity, humour, spirituality, liturgical competency, he listens, he works collaboratively, (I’m starting to sound like I’m writing a reference, so I’ll stop – but he is a good friend). It is not the easiest time to be a bishop – so let’s pray for Ross, Jacquie, the diocese, the church and wider community.