Bishop Glyn to Retire in 2022

Posted on the 21st May 2021 in the Category - Announcements

The Rt Revd Glyn Webster will be retiring from his role as Bishop of Beverley at Epiphany, 6 January 2022.


The Bishop of Beverley is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of York, and a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, assisting in the pastoral care of those parishes that have petitioned for Extended Episcopal Care under the Act of Synod – the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood.


Glyn previously worked as a State Registered Nurse at the Royal Infirmary, Blackburn, before training for the ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham. After eleven years as Vicar of St Luke’s York, and part-time Senior Chaplain of York District Hospital, he became the full-time Chaplain there. He served as Rural Dean of the Deanery of York for ten years. He was appointed as Canon Treasurer of York Minster in 2000, and appointed as Canon Chancellor in 2003. During vacancies, Glyn twice served as Acting Dean of York Minster.  Glyn was a member of the Crown Nominations Commission and during his time as Prolocutor for the Northern Province, he served on the Archbishops’ Council. In 2010, Glyn was appointed as Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, which he stepped down from after becoming a Bishop.


The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said, “Bishop Glyn’s tireless ministry has been a huge blessing to many people and churches across the north of England.  I pray that in retirement he will find well-deserved rest, as well as new opportunities to serve the gospel he has preached and lived so faithfully over many years of ministry.  He is a wonderful example of the sacrificial and joyful love that is, and will continue to be, needed in order for us to live together well in our diversity and to witness to our unity in Jesus Christ.”


Bishop Glyn said: “As I approach my retirement from stipendiary ministry, I thank all those who I have had the privilege of ministering to.  I am also deeply aware of how much I have received from the many thousands of people I have had contact with in my life as priest and bishop. I pay a particular debt of gratitude to the clergy with whom I have been privileged to serve alongside.


“Serving in the ordained ministry has become much more complex and harder than when I was ordained in 1977 and I respect and admire all those who are presently serving their people, perhaps especially in our parishes, which is where the Church of England is routed and to be found.  In spite of the increasing complexities of ordained life, if I had my time over again – I would do exactly what I have attempted to do, namely so serve my dear Lord and His people.”


David Walker, Bishop of Manchester summed up the thoughts and appreciation of all Bishops of the Northern Province and said: “Bishop Glyn will be greatly missed. The radiance of his deep faith in Jesus Christ has shone in many a service, meeting and pastoral encounter. Through his leadership, Mutual Flourishing has been far more than a slogan, it has been central to how we have grappled with the diversity of church tradition. Bishop Glyn always saw himself as part of the episcopal team in the Dioceses, his total commitment to working alongside bishops and archdeacons has, along with his natural sensitivity to all concerned, helped bring many a complex or contested situation to a successful conclusion”.


Carl Schaefer, Vicar in the Parish of Goldthorpe and Hickleton, which has received extended oversight from Bishop Glyn, said: “Bishop Glyn will be really missed by many; he has worked hard to sustain the parishes in his care and has been tireless in his support for clergy and laity alike throughout the Province and beyond. His approachability and common touch, alongside his good humour have been particularly appreciated. We owe him our thanks and appreciation as he enters the next phase of his Christian journey in ministry”.

HRH Prince Philip. R.I.P.

Posted on the 9th Apr 2021 in the Category - Announcements

It is with great sadness that we receive the news of the death, earlier today, of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


We join with the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world in mourning Prince Philip’s death.

We also thank God for his life of dedicated and distinguished public service.

Throughout their long marriage, Prince Philip was a devoted husband and a rock solid support to his beloved wife, Her Majesty the Queen.


We join with countless others in praying for the repose of Prince Philip’s soul and Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family that they may be conscious that underneath are the everlasting arms to comfort and sustain them in their bereavement.


Prince Philip, Rest in Peace.


God save the Queen.

Ordination 2020

Posted on the 27th Nov 2020 in the Category - Announcements


The Bishop of Beverley will ordain the following candidate:




Jamie Franklin

5 Dec: 12pm

St George in the Meadows, Nottingham


Please pray for Fr Jamie, Lorna and family.


A list of The Society Ordinations can be found here.


Due to public health regulations, at ordinations the numbers able to be physically present are strictly limited and so attendance in person is by invitation only.

Time to Sow in the North

Posted on the 17th Apr 2020 in the Category - Announcements

Bishop Glyn, together with his two brother Bishops of The Society in the Province of York welcomes the Time to Sow in the North report produced by St John’s College, Nottingham.


As the Bishop of Burnley states in the report’s Foreword, “it is not hard to find Catholic parishes where Church life is vibrant and alive, and the identification of common features associated with such growth is important if parishes in this tradition are to grow in evangelistic confidence.”


We look forward to discussing how the Church’s resources can be targeted at our most deprived communities, where many such Catholic parishes are to be found and where additional resources will, among other factors, help to achieve a growth in Church life.


The Society’s mission strategy, ‘Forming Missionary Disciples’, will also play an integral role in achieving that growth.


We are grateful to St John’s College, Nottingham, especially Fr John Tomlinson, for producing the Time to Sow in the North report and we commend its contents to a wide readership.


  + GLYN BEVERLEY The Rt Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley

  togther with




+ PHILIP BURNLEY The Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield,

Chrism Masses 2020

Posted on the 28th Feb 2020 in the Category - Announcements



This year Bishop Glyn will celebrate the following Chrism Masses for the See of Beverley:


Sunday 5th April


St Aidan, Grangetown, Sunderland

Register Here

Monday 6th April


St Leonard, Loftus

Register Here

Tuesday 7th April


Manchester Cathedral

Register Here

Wednesday 8th April


St Catherine of Siena, Sheffield

Register Here


Those bringing groups, and priests wishing to concelebrate should complete the online registration form by clicking the appropriate link above, or fill in the appropriate section of this form and return it to Ellie Doolan, Holy Trinity Rectory, 81 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LE.


Chrism Masses celebrated by the other Bishops of the Society (including those of the Bishops of Wakefield and Burnley in the Northern Province) can be found here.

St Helen’s, Carlin How




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