The Bishop of Beverley responds to Bishop North's withdrawal from Sheffield

Posted on the 12th Mar 2017 in the Category - Announcements

Obviously since the sad news of Bishop Philip North's withdrawal of his acceptance of the Bishopric of Sheffield, Bishop Glyn has been extremely busy speaking and meeting with clergy from across the Province, but in particular with the dear priests of the Diocese of Sheffield, hence the silence since last Thursday.  However, with a few spare moments, Bishop Glyn wishes to express his own sadness at the news that Bishop Philip has decided that he is not able to become Sheffield's next Bishop.  Bishop Philip is very much on his heart and in his prayers, as is the Diocese of Sheffield and indeed the whole of the Church of England.


However, Bishop Glyn is thankful for the way in which the clergy and people in our branch of the family have responded to the situation we now find ourselves in, as a result of Bishop Philip's decision.  Bishop Glyn met with the Priests in the Diocese of Sheffield on Friday morning for a quiet meeting of reflection and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  On this coming Tuesday 14 March at 7pm at St John & St Mary Magdalene, Goldthorpe, Bishops Glyn and Tony will be present for Mass followed by a meeting for all clergy and laity of the Diocese to continue the period of reflection.  We are grateful to Fr Schaefer for his kind invitation.


Bishop Glyn understands that at a moment like this, it is perfectly understandable to arrive at the view that the Five Guiding Principles seem to have been 'blown out of the water'.  However, it is too soon to arrive at that as being a definitive conclusion to draw.  He wants to continue to encourage us all to hold on to belief that within the providence of God,  there is still a place for us, and for our Catholic contribution to make, to the life of the Church of England.  On a personal note Bishop Glyn wishes to thank the clergy and people he is privileged to serve.  He prays that together, we will hold fast to the truth of Saint Paul's words in his epistle to the Romans, "that we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8.28)



Bishop Glyn commends the helpful initiative of The Society in the Diocese of Sheffield to hold a novena of prayer, which can be found here. And he will be joining in the Novena in his own private prayers.


Radio Interview

This morning Bishop Glyn did an interview on BBC Radio York reflecting upon Bishop Philip's withdrawal from the Diocese of Sheffield. You can listen to it here, starting at 1 hour, 8 mins and 10 secs.

Appointment of the New Bishop of Sheffield

Posted on the 31st Jan 2017 in the Category - Announcements


Bishop Glyn welcomes the good news of the the Right Reverend Philp North as the next Bishop of Sheffield.  Bishop Glyn said:

Bishop Philip has a lively, infectious and deep personal faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and an equally enthusiastic commitment to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.  Bishop Philip also has a proven track record of demonstrating his deep sense commitment to the whole life of the Church of England and the mutual flourishing of all God's people, ordained and lay.

Along with everyone else, I will be praying for Bishop Philip, as he prepares to move accross the Pennines to serve in the wonderful Diocese of Sheffield.  So my prayer is, God bless Bishop Philip and the Diocese of Sheffield.  And may Mary, the Mother of God pray for us all!

New Years Honours

Posted on the 31st Dec 2016 in the Category - Announcements

Bishop Glyn is thrilled and delighted by the New Year's Honours List published today and those who have been recognised in it.  In particular he rejoices that:


  • The Reverend Robert Nelson, Vicar of St Thomas Liscard in the Diocese of Chester has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire, For services to Homeless People and the community in Wirral.
  • The Classical Countertenor Iestyn Davies has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Music.
  • The Right Reverend James Jones has been awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Bereaved Families and Justice.

 On receiving the news of these honours, Bishop Glyn comments:

 "Three very different characters but each hugely distinctive in their own particular way.  It is a privilege to know each of them and to be counted among their friends.  Well done all three! 


Congratulations. Your honour is well deserved. And we thank God for all you contribute to our public life."

Northern Provincial Festival 2016 - Bookings Now Open

Posted on the 17th Sep 2016 in the Category - Announcements

By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, the Bishop of Beverley’s Northern Festival will take place in York Minster on 8 October 2016 at noon.  Group Bookings now open.  Please do book your place as soon as you are able.

Online Booking Form 2016 

Booking Form 2016

Children's Workshop Form 2016

Colour Poster 2016

Black and White Poster 2016


Arrangements for the Funeral of Fr Ian Brooks RIP

Posted on the 5th Jul 2016 in the Category - Announcements

On Sunday 10 July 2016, at 6pm, Fr Ian will be received into St Paul's Croxteth, followed by Vespers for the Dead and an 8pm Mass of the Holy Cross. This will be followed by Masses and vigil through the night.


At 12 noon, on Monday 11 July, there will be a Funeral Mass, the Principal Celebrant will be the Bishop of Beverley.  Priests of The Society who would like to concelebrate are asked to contact Fr Ray Bridson  as soon as possible, so the necessary arrangements can be made.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Ian and pray too for Audrey, Peter and all the family in their grief.


Jesu mercy, Mary pray.






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