The election of the Right Reverend Paul Butler as the 74th Bishop of Durham was confirmed today (20th January) in a service led by the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York at York Minster.
The confirmation of election service bestows legal title as Bishop of Durham to Bishop Paul, although the Bishop – the previous Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham – will not start his public ministry in Durham until he has met the Queen and taken an oath acknowledging Her as Sovereign and Supreme Governor of the Church of England and then is enthroned and installed at a service of Inauguration of his Public Ministry in Durham Cathedral on the 22nd February.
Bishop Paul Butler was named as the next Bishop of Durham on 12th September 2013 and was duly elected by the College of Canons of Durham Cathedral on 22nd October 2013.
Today’s service confirms Bishop Paul as the Church of England’s fourth most senior Bishop and in due course his entry into the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual, one of five automatic members alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of London and Winchester.
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