THE new Bishop of Durham Designate was announced today by Downing Street as the Rt Revd Paul Butler.
Bishop Paul is currently serving as the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.
He said he was very much looking forward to coming to the North East and continuing the work started by the previous Bishop of Durham, now The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
He said: “To be called to become Bishop of Durham came as a big surprise but is a huge privilege for many reasons. This 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.
“It will be very sad to leave Southwell and Nottingham, the work that we have begun there will continue and I am sure in time will be taken up by a really good and inspirational bishop able to take the Diocese from strength to strength.”
“I am delighted to be coming to Durham and the North East at a time of significant change that is both exciting and challenging in equal parts. I come here to serve and to seek to enable the continual renewing of the faith and our engagement with all people in every community”.
Bishop Paul will be making a lunch Visit to Easington Colliery Cafe Project and signing of Durham Credit Union as part of a tour of his new diocese today.