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Guiding faith in the northern province

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The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, leads the northern province of the Church of England.

Bishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell was confirmed as 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 was in two parts: a legal ceremony with readings, prayers and music; and a film marking the first day of Bishop Stephen’s ministry, which you can watch below.

He was enthroned as the 98th Archbishop of York at a service of Evensong on Sunday 18 October 2020 at York Minster.

The Archbishop’s seat is at York Minster, but he is based at Bishopthorpe Palace. The Archbishop usually attends and takes part in special services at the cathedral throughout the year including Easter and Christmas Day, the Ordination of priests and deacons and the Consecration of bishops from the northern province.

The Archbishop of York is also the Bishop of the Diocese of York, leading and guiding its faith and work. The Church of England is arranged geographically into 42 areas called diocese, each under the care of a bishop. The Diocese of York is one of the largest geographically in the Church of England, made up of 470 parishes, 607 churches and 127 schools.

As the mother church for the northern province, York Minster hosts a number of regional and national services, including the consecrations of bishops for this area.

For more information about the Archbishop, visit Archbishop of York or to contact his office at Bishopthorpe Palace please use the details below.

Contact the Office of the Archbishop of York

Telephone: 01904 707021

Bishopthorpe Palace
YO23 2GE


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