Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Bishop of Rochester named

From 10 Downing Street:

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend James Henry Langstaff, MA, Suffragan Bishop of Lynn, for election as Bishop of Rochester in succession to the Right Reverend Michael James Nazir-Ali, BA, MLitt, PhD on his resignation on the 31st August 2009.

Read the government press release.

From the Diocese of Rochester, there is only a PDF file, available here.

The new Church of England Bishop of Rochester will be the Right Reverend James Langstaff, currently the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich. In addition, he is now the Bishop designate of Rochester.

Bishop James (53) will become the 107th Bishop of Rochester later this year. He succeeds the Right Reverend Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, who retired in September 2009.

Following a media facility, Bishop James will spend the day touring the diocese to visit some of his future colleagues and parishioners. His day will begin at Bishop Justus school in the London borough of Bromley, which is part of the Diocese of Rochester. Here, he will be introduced to staff and pupils before moving on the meet members of his clergy at Chevening. After lunch and a further media facility, Bishop James will meet his staff at Bishopscourt and the Diocesan Office in Rochester. His day will conclude at Rochester Cathedral where he will meet Cathedral staff prior to joining future colleagues and members of the public for Evensong at Rochester Cathedral…

From the Diocese of Norwich: Bishop of Lynn to be next Bishop of Rochester

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 9:13am BST | TrackBack
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I shall, of course, be boycotting Bishop James since his appointment is made by the action of a woman, Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Britanniarum Regnorumque Suorum Ceterorum Regina, Consortionis Populorum Princeps, Fidei Defensor.

Now I come to think of it, so are all the other bishops, so I'll be boycotting them too...

Posted by: chenier1 on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 1:28pm BST

And +Basingstoke has been launched today. Two Bishops announced on Budget Day :)

Posted by: ezlxq on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 4:47pm BST

Her Majesty has approved the nomination for his election. Who does the electing?

Posted by: David | Dah•veed | on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 6:17pm BST

David | Dah•veed: "Her Majesty has approved the nomination for his election. Who does the electing?"

Erm, I rather think that might be Her Majesty too...

Posted by: Fr Mark on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 7:10pm BST

I believe that the Cathedral chapter does, but they're not allowed to elect anyone else.

Posted by: Paul Davison on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 7:27pm BST

The electing will be done by the Canons of Rochester Cathedral. There will be one candidate and it will be an offence not to vote.

Posted by: Wilf on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at 8:34pm BST

And where does he stand?

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 1:35am BST

The Rochester diocesan website has risen to the occasion and now published a thumbnail-size picture of the new bishop, but for a decent picture and some useful information about him, try Nick Baines's blog, at Good News for Rochester,

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 10:47am BST

"And where does he stand?"

- Posted by: Malcolm+ on Wednesday -

Hopefully, on much firmer ground than his recent predecessor 'Terra Firma' - more firmer less Terror

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 at 10:47am BST
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