Bishop of Chelmsford named as new Archbishop of York

The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as the new Archbishop of York in succession to the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu.

Bishop Stephen said: “I am humbled and excited at the prospect of becoming the 98th Archbishop of York.

“I will receive the baton from Archbishop Sentamu. These aren’t just big shoes to fill, but a big heart and a big vision.

“However, I am not daunted. Archbishop Sentamu and I have worked together in mission on many occasions and I hope to build on the work he has pioneered.”

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “I am delighted that the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell has been nominated to become Archbishop of York.

“Archbishop Sentamu’s ministry has been extraordinarily significant. In Bishop Stephen there is a worthy successor.”


Mick Ferris

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