Archbishop of York confirms the election of Bishop Paul Bayes the next Bishop of Liverpool

The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu confirmed the election of the Rt Revd Paul Bayes as Bishop of Liverpool at a special service at York Minster.

The confirmation of the election by the College of Canons of the Diocese of Liverpool marks the next step of Bishop Paul’s journey towards his installation at Liverpool Cathedral on November 15th.

The legal formalities, which form part of a service in the Minster, mean that Bishop Paul now has the spiritual jurisdiction over the Diocese of Liverpool. It has the effect that Bishop Paul can sign as Bishop of Liverpool. He is able to start making private preparations ahead of his public ministry which starts in November.

This process links the modern day church to its ancient traditions. The act of confirming the election dates back to at least the fourth century. The act reflects the importance the wider church places on the discernment of a new Bishop.

The confirmation basically ensures that the legal processes have been properly and carefully carried out. It is also the moment when Bishop Paul took his oaths of allegiance and canonical obedience. He also made his declaration of assent.

It is an important occasion. It is the moment that legally the Bishop elect becomes the Bishop of Liverpool.

Following the confirmation Bishop Paul now starts preparations for his public ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool. Over the next months he will be able to move into his residence and will be recruiting his personal staff. He will also be holding private meetings with a number of key people.

In the autumn the Bishop will complete the other formal stage of the process where he pays homage to Her Majesty the Queen in a brief private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Bishop Paul’s public engagements will begin in November as he embarks on a week long tour of the Diocese ahead of his installation at the Cathedral on November 15th.

Bishop Paul said “I’m thrilled to be at the point of becoming Bishop of Liverpool but awed and humbled by the sense of responsibility that entails. I thank God that I am one more step along this extraordinary journey. I am now able to prepare in more detail for my ministry starting in November. It’s good now to be able to concentrate fully on what lies ahead and I pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as I enter the next phase of this adventure.”

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Bishop Paul starts his ministry with us

Bishop Paul started his ministry in our Diocese at the Inter Diocesan Learning Communities Conference in Liverpool on Thursday. The Inter Diocesan Learning Communities is just that, a group of dioceses who have agreed for their senior clergy and key staff to meet together and discuss how they can learn from each other as they work for growth. 
 
Bishop Paul said “it’s one of those marvellous God-moments that my first day at work following the confirmation of election took me to this excellent conference. To be sitting with the Liverpool team alongside colleagues from across the country sharing ideas about how we can encourage churches to grow was a real delight.
 
I was moved and humbled by the service at York Minister. It brought home the enormity of the ministry I am about to shoulder, and the sense of responsibility and history that comes with the office of Bishop of Liverpool. But above all I felt supported by the prayers of the Diocese and I had a real sense that God’s mercy will equip me into this new role and that His faithfulness will support us all as we face the future together.
 
Now I am able to concentrate fully on my ministry in Liverpool. I thank God that I shall have time over the summer to pray and prepare, to meet others who shape the life of the Diocese, and to get ready for the inauguration of my public ministry in November. Let me thank you again for the warmth of your welcome and for your ongoing prayers.”