V CrestThe 57th Bishop of our partner diocese of Växjö, in Sweden, Sven Thidevall, was consecrated in November 2006 in the Cathedral at Uppsala.

The Diocese of Oxford has created a special banner that will be presented to him by diocesan lay chair, Penny Keens, as a sign of the strong relationship between the two dioceses.

The new bishop is Dr Sven Thidevall, who was elected to succeed Archbishop Anders Wejryd by the clergy and representative laity from each parish of the diocese.

Dr Thideval, 57, has a doctorate in theology and was ordained priest in 1979 in Stockholm.

Since 2003 he has been a diocesan adviser in Strängnäs, south of Stockholm. His primary responsibilities have been in parish development, as a ‘parish doctor’, working on changing ‘structures, organisations and culture in parishes (usually those which are failing or going through difficult times).

The Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, attended the ceremony, representing the Oxford diocese and also the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The commemorative banner is the work of the Cathedral Embroidery Centre in Christ Church, Oxford, and is a reproduction of the diocesan heraldic arms of Växjö.

It consists of a red shield bearing three heads – St Sigfred, patron saint of Växjö, and his two martyred nephews.

Suellen Pedley, director of the workshop, told the DOOR: that visitors from Växjö in February had admired the centre’s work.

Then in September she received a call asking if a banner could be made in time for the installation of the new bishop.

Suellen said: ‘It was a tight deadline to get the banner ready in time for the installation, but it was quite a simple design. It was worked on by Helene Lister Cheese, Helen Saunders-Gill, and Suellen Pedley, helped by Frances Canham and Jennifer Norman.