THE new Bishop of Durham has been confirmed in a service at York Minister.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler was made the 74th Bishop of Durham during a confirmation of election service led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, on Monday.
The service bestows the legal title as Bishop of Durham to Bishop Paul, the former Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.
However, he 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 and then is enthroned and installed at a service of inauguration of his Public Ministry in Durham Cathedral on February 22.
Bishop Paul Butler was named as the next Bishop of Durham on September 12 last year and was duly elected by the College of Canons of Durham Cathedral on October 22.
Yesterday’s service confirms 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.