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

The service included music from York Minster Choir and Manor Church of England Academy School (York). Young people from across the north of England read a letter written by the medieval religious scholar Alcuin of York. Bishop Stephen will offered his first address as Archbishop of York. Prayers were 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.”