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Bishop's consecration date announced

The consecration of Reverend Canon Alison White as the Bishop of Hull will take place next Friday at York Minster, the diocese has announced.

The married bishops.

Revd White, former priest-in-charge of Riding Mill in the Diocese of Newcastle and her husband, Bishop Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, will become the UK's first husband and wife bishop partnership.

I’m delighted to be consecrating and welcoming Alison as the new Bishop of Hull. Alison is a person of real godliness and wisdom."


I am really excited about coming to this part of the world with all its stories and people. It is such a good time to be part of what is happening in Hull and the East Riding and across the Diocese of York."



Bishop of Durham: We need to change low levels of aspirations among young people

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has called for more to be done to help young people in the North East to achieve their dreams in his Easter message.

Unfortunately, as some children get older, their hopes and aspirations tend to reduce. The difficult truth is that the North East of England has the lowest levels of aspirations among young people in the whole country, which is a sad statistic and one that should be hard to accept for all of us.

This is something that we need to change. We all need to give our children and young people a sense of hope that their aspirations can be met rather than a sense that they will fail to achieve their dreams.

– The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

The Bishop is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.

Revd Canon Alison White to be 2nd female bishop

Revd Canon Alison White. Credit: Diocese of York

As Bishop of Hull, the Revd Canon Alison White will be the second woman bishop in the Church of England.

The first was the Reverend Libby Lane, who was appointed in December 2014.

I am thrilled that Alison’s priestly and personal gifts have been recognised by the wider church and believe she will be an outstanding bishop who will quickly endear herself to the people of Hull and the East Riding. As the second woman to be appointed Bishop in the Church of England, we rejoice with her and pray for her.”

– Rt Revd Martin Wharton, recently retired Bishop of Newcastle

North East Rev to become Bishop of Hull

The Revd Canon Alison White. Credit: Diocese of York

The Revd Canon Alison White, priest-in-charge of Riding Mill in the Diocese of Newcastle, has been appointed as the Bishop of Hull.

“In 2010, I was privileged to be invited to take part in the York Diocesan Clergy Conference where I got a profound sense of a Diocese with faith and hope. I know that there is a real vision to be Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples and can’t wait to be part of loving God and growing the Church in this great part of Yorkshire”.

– The Revd Canon Alison White

“This is a joyous day! I am delighted to be welcoming Alison as the next Bishop of Hull. Whilst she will be working with others across the Diocese of York encouraging faith in urban life, she will have particular responsibilities for the vibrant city of Hull and the glorious coastline and countryside of the East Riding. Alison is a person of real godliness and wisdom – it is fantastic that she has accepted God’s call to make Christ visible together with all of us in this Diocese of York.”

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The Revd Canon Alison White will be consecrated on Friday 3 July 2015, at 11.00 am, at York Minster. She succeeds the Right Revd Richard Frith, who became Bishop of Hereford in November 2014.

She is married to Bishop Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle.


Church turned into Buddhist centre in £500,000 refurbishment

A derelict church in Hebburn on Tyneside is being turned into a Buddhist meditation centre in a £500,000 refurbishment.

St Andrew's Church will become part of the Dhammakaya Meditation Centre. The Grade 2 listed building was built in 1872 by shipbuilding magnate Andrew Leslie of the famous Hawthorn Leslie shipyard.

For a full report click below.

Phra Sander, one of the monks at the centre, explained how he became a Buddhist and why the centre had been set up in Hebburn. Click below for an extended interview.

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C of E's first woman bishop to make official appearance

The Church of England's first woman bishop will make her first official public appearance since she was ordained. The Rev Libby Lane is due to launch a campaign against human trafficking at Manchester Airport.

The Rev Libby Lane after a service at York Minster. Credit: PA

Airport staff will be given training to identify vulnerable passengers and look out for typical signs of trafficking as part of the Travel Safe Week initiative. She made history last month when she was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster.

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York Minister: Full house for historic occasion

History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.

York Minster gears up for momentous occasion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.

It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.

Read: First female bishop to make history in York

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