Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cause for optimism in England

In contrast to some other parts of the Anglican Communion, there is certainly cause for optimism in the Church of England. In spite of the complexities of the "women bishops" process and legislation, as this blog has reported a number of times, the Church of England is allowing significant appointments from among the kind of Anglo-Catholics who in other places are marked for extermination. 

The latest announcement is that Fr Philip North is to be the new Bishop of Whitby. 

The Rt Rev'd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Ebbsfleet and Chairman of Forward in Faith said:

"Father North is well known for his energy, passion for the Gospel and heart for Mission. His appointment to the See of Whitby brings hopes and encouragement to catholic Anglicans in the Northern Province and throughout the Church of England." 

Here is the official announcement: 

"The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Philip John North, MA, Team Rector of Old Saint Pancras, in the Diocese of London, to the Suffragan See of Whitby, in the Diocese of York, in succession to the Right Reverend Martin Clive Warner, MA, PhD, on his translation to the See of Chichester on the 2 July 2012. 

"The Reverend Philip North (aged 45), was educated at York University, and trained for the ministry at Saint Stephen’s House, Oxford. He served his curacy at Sunderland Saint Mary and Saint Peter, in the Diocese of Durham from 1992 to 1996. Since 1997 he has been involved with the Company of Mission Priests. From 1996 to 2002 he was Vicar of Hartlepool Holy Trinity in Durham Diocese and from 2000 to 2002 he was Area Dean of Hartlepool. From 2002 to 2008 he was Priest Administrator at the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham and from 2004 to 2007 he was also Priest-in-Charge of Hempton and Pudding Norton in the diocese of Norwich. Since 2008 he has been Team Rector at Old Saint Pancras in the Diocese of London. 

"His interests include cycling and walking."


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