Particulars of Cottrell's first ordinations as Archbishop introduced

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The first consecrations in the Northern Province since the recent announcement of the Lambeth Palace as a pond by the archbishops have been announced (News, July 17).

The new suffragan bishops of Doncaster and Sherwood will be consecrated in separate services at York Minster on September 21. Canon Sophie Jelley (News, December 6, 2019) is consecrated for Doncaster by the Archbishop of York, the most revered Stephen Cottrell.

It will be the latter's first archbishop consecration, supported by the Bishops of Durham and Sheffield. Rev. Dr. Andrew Emerton (News, March 13) consecrated for Sherwood by the Bishops of Durham, London and Southwell & Nottingham. The Archbishop of York will preside over both services.

York MinsterCanon Sophie Jelley and Rev. Dr. Andrew Emerton

Last month the archbishops announced that from now on the post of chief consecrator would "normally" be delegated to other bishops according to the five guiding principles. The new arrangements were made "knowing the sad reality that not everyone in the Church of England is unanimous on ordination issues".

A spokeswoman for Archbishop Cottrell said this week: “Under the new ordinance of bishops, metropolitans can ask another bishop to be the main ordination. . . The principle we establish is that this service is shared, the archbishop is always present and presides "from the presidency," but that does not mean that the archbishop will never be the chief auxiliary bishop. "

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