Downing Street announces that the next Bishop of Durham is to be The Rt Revd Paul Butler, the serving Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

This morning Downing Street announced that the next Bishop of Durham is to be The Rt Revd Paul Butler, the serving Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. He is expected to be installed in Durham in 2014.

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Commenting on the announcement Bishop Paul said: “It will be very sad to leave Southwell and Nottingham where Rosemary and I have found a home and ministry amongst God’s people in this very special place. I am humbled to have been part of the work that has begun here. I am confident that the work of the parishes and people will continue under the pastoral care and leadership of a good and inspirational bishop able to take the Diocese from strength to strength. To be called to become Bishop of Durham came as a big surprise and will be both an enormous privilege and daunting challenge. Durham is an ancient Diocese goes way back before England was a united nation. The heritage is extraordinary; each new Bishop of Durham stands on the shoulders of some of the greatest Christians in this country’s long and proud history.

The Bishop of Sherwood, Tony Porter, said; “Today is a mixture of emotions for us in Southwell and Nottingham. As we rejoice with him in this new ministry to which he has been called so we also recognise that we are losing a much loved Bishop. We are grateful for the time Bishop Paul has been leading us in joining together in the transforming mission of God. His leadership and energy in being out and about in parishes, schools, city and county has been a focus for that mission. Bishop Paul has been so well received in the Diocese – something that Lucille and I have witnessed and would echo. We are of course sad that Bishop Paul is leaving but this is mitigated by our excitement for him and Rosemary as they follow God’s calling into this new phase of their ministry. We are confident that Durham will be blessed as we have been.”

There will be a farewell service for +Paul and Rosemary in Southwell Minster on Tuesday 26 November at 7pm.

Click here to see a video message from Bishop Paul