Bishop Stephen Cottrell, who was the Bishop of Chelmsford from 2010, is now the new Archbishop of York and will have a Confirmation of Election service on 9th July.
I will become the 98th Archbishop of York at 11am on Thursday 9 July 2020, in a service broadcast entirely via video conference due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
The service is called a Confirmation of Election. It is usually followed by an Installation in the Cathedral Church. In different circumstances I would have loved to be inviting people to that large celebration in York Minister, but that can’t happen at the moment. However, the good thing about the digital world is that there are no limits on attendance, so please spread the word and please join me, virtually, on 9 July. After this digital service I will go to York Minster with one or two others and receive the crozier recently laid down by Archbishop Sentamu, pray in silence for the needs of our church and world, and then begin my new ministry.
To view the service, you will need to click on the following link https://www.churchofengland.org/aby98 which will be live just before 11am on 9 July 2020.
With best wishes,
Before his journey to York, Bishop Stephen walked St Peter’s Way to Bradwell on Sea – finishing at St Peter’s Chapel where he prayed on his first day as the Bishop of Chelmsford almost ten years ago. See pictures of the pilgrimage on Bishop Stephen’s Twitter page – @CottrellStephen.
Congratulations Bishop Stephen and thank you for all your dedication and work within the Diocese of Chelmsford during the last 10 years.