A farewell service is being held at Southwell Minster tonight for the Rt Revd Paul Butler, who has been appointed the Bishop of Durham. He is expected to be installed in Durham in 2014.
“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."
Bishop Paul Butler has said that he is looking forward to coming to the North East and continuing the work started by the previous Bishop of Durham, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
It has been confirmed by Downing Street that the next Bishop of Durham Designate is The Rt Revd Paul Butler.
Currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Bishop Paul was installed at Southwell Minster in 2010. He was consecrated at Southwark Cathedral in 2004 and served as Bishop of Southampton until his move to Southwell.