Next steps for the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet from The Society


The Society’s Council of Bishops is grateful to the Archbishop of Canterbury for acting swiftly to put arrangements in place for the See of Ebbsfleet for episcopal cover during the period in which a permanent appointment will be made. 

Cover will come from serving Society bishops in the southern province and also from the Chairman of the Council. It is envisaged that, in general terms, the Bishop of Lewes and the Bishop of Chichester will cover the South West area of the See of Ebbsfleet, the Bishop of Richborough and the Bishop of Fulham will cover the South Midlands area of the See and the Bishop of Wakefield will cover the West Midlands.

The Society bishops are grateful to Catherine Williamson for agreeing to act as a first point of contact for Ebbsfleet parishes when a need for episcopal cover arises. Catherine can be contacted via

We suggest that Society priests celebrating Mass in the See of Ebbsfleet should pray for “Bishop Tony and the Council of Bishops” during the Canon of the Mass, should it be their custom to include such prayers. This will reflect the nature of the episcopal cover being provided by a number of Society bishops. 

Our prayers remain with the Ebbsfleet parishes in their mission and witness at this challenging time.

We offer The Society prayer for all Ebbsfleet priests and people:

Heavenly Father,

bless the bishops, clergy and people of The Society.

Bind us together in love and faith.

Renew us in service and witness.

And by your Holy Spirit

Guide our future and make plain your purposes.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Wilfrid, pray for us.

Saint Hilda, pray for us.

+ TONY WAKEFIELD The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield,Chairman of The Society’s Council of Bishops
+ GLYN BEVERLEYThe Rt Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley
+ PHILIP BURNLEYThe Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley
+ MARTIN CICESTRThe Rt Revd Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester
+ JONATHAN FULHAMThe Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham
+ WILLIAM LEWESThe Rt Revd Will Hazlewood, Bishop of Lewes 
+ NORMAN RICHBOROUGH The Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough