News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Stephen Cottrell Archbishop of York PA Peter Byrne header2.jpg
Stephen Cottrell Archbishop of York PA Peter Byrne.jpg
UK News

New Archbishop of York to be enthroned during service at Minster

by Press Association

The 98th Archbishop of York is set to be enthroned.

Most Rev Stephen Cottrell will become the Church of England's second most senior clergyman during a service of Evensong at York Minster at 4pm on Sunday.

The ticketed event will be held under Covid-19 secure guidelines, with strict limits on the numbers attending.

It will also be streamed on the York Minster and Church of England social media channels.

Archbishop Stephen said: "I am delighted and humbled to be the 98th Archbishop of York.

"I have begun my ministry at a time of huge hardship and challenge and at the moment Covid-19 is having a particularly devastating impact in the North.

"We don't know how long the current restrictions will be in place. However, the worship and work of the church goes on bringing much-needed hope, relief and practical help to the communities we serve."

Following the election ceremony in July, Mr Cottrell undertook the custom of knocking three times on the west door of the Minster with the Braganza crozier, his staff of office, before it was thrown open.

Formerly the Bishop of Chelmsford, Archbishop Stephen takes over from John Sentamu.

The married father-of-three, 62, began his ministry at Christchurch in Forest Hill, south-east London in 1985, before moving to the Dioceses of Chichester and Wakefield.

He was nominated area Bishop of Reading in 2004, where he served for six years before becoming Bishop of Chelmsford in 2010.

A founding member of the Church of England's College of Evangelists, the new archbishop chairs a group of bishops with an interest in the media and is one of the authors of the Church of England's Pilgrim Course, a major teaching and discipleship resource.

He also chairs the Board of Church Army, an organisation based in Sheffield committed to evangelism and social justice.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.