THE new Bishop of Durham has been officially unveiled in a ceremony at York Minster.
The election of the Right Reverend Paul Butler as the 74th Bishop of Durham, was confirmed in a service led by the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
Bishop Paul, previously the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, was named as the next Bishop of Durham in September last year, and was duly elected by the College of Canons of Durham Cathedral more than a month later.
The service confirmed Bishop Paul as the Church of England’s fourth most senior bishop, and in due course his entry into the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual, one of five automatic members, alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of London and Winchester.
Bishop Paul will not start his public ministry in Durham until he has met the Queen and taken an oath, acknowledging her as Sovereign and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
He will then be enthroned and installed at a service of inauguration of his public ministry, in Durham Cathedral on February 22.