Bishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell will be confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York at 11.00am on Thursday 9 July 2020, in a service broadcast entirely via video conference due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

  • To view the service on the Church of England website:
    www.churchofengland.org/aby98
    The link will be live just before 11.00am on Thursday 9th July 2020.

The service will include music from York Minster Choir and Manor Church of England Academy School (York). Young people from across the north of England will read a letter written by the medieval religious scholar Alcuin of York. Bishop Stephen will offer his first address as Archbishop of York. Prayers will be offered for the Archbishop, the Diocese of York and the Northern Province of the Church of England, as well as for the wider world in these difficult times.

Bishop Stephen said, “I am looking forward to beginning my ministry as the 98th Archbishop of York. This isn’t quite how I imagined it would begin. It is certainly the first time an Archbishop’s election will have been confirmed via video conference. But we’re all having to re-imagine how we live our lives and how we inhabit the world. These are difficult times.

“My hope is that, through this service, the love of God that is given us in Jesus Christ will shine out, perhaps even to those who, while never attending a service in York Minster, might have a look online.

“Following in the footsteps of my many predecessors, I look forward to serving our nation and bringing the love and peace of Christ to our world, especially here in the north.”

  • To view the service on the Church of England website:
    www.churchofengland.org/aby98
    The link will be live just before 11.00am on Thursday 9th July 2020.