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The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will visit Kirklevington Grange Prison today. He will lead the Christmas Day morning services and spend time with staff and prisoners as part of his 6-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York.
I was a Prison Chaplain once and as Bishop for Stepney used to go into the two local prisons on Christmas Day. I was reminded of Matthew 25: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’. On Christmas Day, I will be telling all at Kirklevington of the love of God in Jesus Christ for each one of us. For those who are in prison, who are lonely, who feel lost or abandoned– they are all stand-ins for Jesus Christ.
HMP Kirklevington is an open prison for adult male offenders, focused on developing links with families and the wider community. Its aim is to prepare prisoners for their release, addressing offending behaviour and encouraging responsibility for actions.
We are delighted to welcome the Archbishop – it is a particular pleasure to have His Grace here on Christmas Day which is always a challenging day for both those residing and working in prison, separated from family. I am sure he will see the atmosphere of hope we provide here, with opportunities to prepare for successful release into the community and we wish him well with his onward pilgrimage in the North East
Following his visit to the prison, the Archbishop will continue his Pilgrimage and will be visiting Ayresome Court Nursing Home. Prayers outside Yarm Town Hall at around 1pm – to which all are welcome.
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The consecration of Reverend Canon Alison White as the Bishop of Hull will take place next Friday at York Minster, the diocese has announced.
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."
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 is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.
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.”
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”.
“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 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.