Following a unanimous vote in support at York Diocesan Synod, Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has commissioned and anointed the Dean of York, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York.

Dr Frost, who was Bishop of Southampton in the Diocese of Winchester until his installation as Dean of York in York Minster on the 2nd February, is now able to carry out certain episcopal functions (including confirmations) in the Diocese at the Archbishop's request, and becomes a member of the House of Bishops in York Diocesan Synod.

Dean Jonathan said, “I am delighted that, with the support of Diocesan Synod, the Archbishop has invited me to become an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese.

"I gladly welcome this invitation. I see it as a wonderful opportunity to strengthen bonds of love between the Minster and the parishes, fresh expressions, communities and chaplaincies of the Diocese as together we seek God’s kingdom and proclaim the radiant beauty of Jesus Christ."

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