New Assistant Bishop of Newcastle announced

05/05/2010

The Diocese is to have a new Assistant Bishop, it was announced today.

Bishop Martin said: “I am thrilled and delighted that Bishop Frank White (pictured left) has accepted my invitation to become the next Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Newcastle, and I am sure that the people of the diocese will quickly take Bishop Frank and his wife Alison to their hearts.

“Alison is already well known in the diocese through her work with the Springboard team and as a speaker at our last clergy conference. She is a well established and highly respected leader of retreats and conferences, and is much sought after as a spiritual director, companion and guide. We will be seeking a suitable appointment for Alison in the coming months.

“For Alison as well as for Bishop Frank their arrival in the North-East represents a real homecoming. Until he was consecrated as Bishop of Brixworth, in the Diocese of Peterborough in 2002, Bishop Frank had served all his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Durham. He was ordained in 1980, served curacies in Durham City and Chester-le-Street, was a full time hospital chaplain in Durham and then Vicar of Birtley and a Rural Dean before becoming the first Archdeacon of Sunderland in 1997.

“Bishop Frank, hailing originally from south of the Tyne, is relishing the opportunity to become part of the Church in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. He will share with me in the Episcopal Ministry here and will bring his passion for mission and spirituality to further the Church’s engagement with the people and communities here. He draws real inspiration from the lives of the Northern Saints and is keen to support , encourage and develop the work of all our parishes to live out our calling to be generous, engaged and open as we serve the people God has entrusted to our care.

“In his leisure moments Bishop Frank enjoys bird watching, walking and cycling and has been a lifelong supporter of Newcastle United ever since his school days in the city, although when Archdeacon of Sunderland he rightly exercised dual loyalties!

“I am greatly looking forward to his return to these parts and to giving him and Alison the warmest of welcomes when they move to Newcastle. Bishop Frank hopes to start work here towards the end of November.”

Bishop Frank pictured with his wife, Alison.

 

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