The Society’s Council of Bishops is delighted that Fr Stephen Race SSC has been appointed as the next Bishop of Beverley by the Archbishop of York. Fr Stephen’s service to the Church has been rooted in parochial ministry in the Wakefield episcopal area in the Diocese of Leeds. While firmly grounded in the Catholic wing of the Church of England, his ministry has also encompassed other Anglican traditions as is the case currently in one of the parishes in his Benefice in Barnsley.

Bishop Tony Robinson commented:

“Fr Stephen has served faithfully and with distinction in a variety of roles in the Wakefield episcopal area over the last 17 years. He has demonstrated that he has much to offer the Church and I am sure this will continue when he becomes a bishop ministering to Society parishes across the Northern Province.”

Fr Stephen’s consecration will be on St Andrew’s Day in York Minster. A novena of prayer will be made available in due course for all those who want to link themselves through prayer to the consecration and to Fr Stephen’s episcopal ministry within the Church. The novena will run from 22 to 30 November.

On this St Wilfrid’s Day, we offer The Society prayer for the parishes, clergy and people of the See of Beverley:

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
+ 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