Bishop Elect Rev Patricia Storey
Speaking with Conor Deane from Soul Waves Radio she admitted that she “was blind sided” and “didn’t see it coming. I thought maybe Richard (Archbishop of Armagh) was joking.”
Asked about becoming the first female bishop Rev Storey said gender was a secondary concern.
“I know it is an issue for some, but for me it isn’t a big deal. I am simply Pat and always will be.” she revealed.
The 53-year-old currently serves in a parish in Derry City and is married to Earl Storey.
Rev Pat Storey studied at Trinity College Dublin, before training at the Church of Ireland Theological College. She also lived in Shankill south county Dublin while her husband was in ministry at Crinken Church.
She was ordained a deacon in 1997 and a priest the following year. The bishop-elect has been rector of St Augustine’s in Derry for almost a decade but says she will always regard Derry as her second home especially as her daughter lives there full time.