Consecration of Fr Stephen Race SSC
Posted on the 23rd Oct 2022 in the Category - Announcements
We urge all connected with the See of Beverley, to attend Fr Stephen Race SSC’s consecration as Bishop of Beverley on the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, at 11am on Wednesday 30 November, in York Minster, wherever that is feasible. It would be great to see the Minster full for this special occasion.
We ask, whether you can attend the consecration or not, to join with us in a novena of prayer to mark this important moment in the life of The Society. The novena (available here) runs from Tuesday 22 to Wednesday 30 November and links us through prayer to the consecration and to Fr Stephen’s episcopal ministry within the Church.
Announcement of Next Bishop of Beverley
Posted on the 12th Oct 2022 in the Category - Announcements
The Reverend Canon Stephen Race, currently Rector of The Benefice of Central Barnsley in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and also Area Dean of Barnsley, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Beverley.
Speaking of his upcoming role for the Northern Province of the Church of England, Fr Stephen said he would strive for positive dialogues within the church and looked forward to serving people across the whole region.
Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York said:
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds congratulated Fr Stephen on his new role:
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield in the Diocese of Leeds added:
Stephen was born in Zimbabwe during the struggle for Independence and was raised in the Anglican Provinces of Central and Southern Africa. His commitment to social justice took root while he was still at primary school in South Africa during the anti-Apartheid struggle, but it was during his O Level year as a sixteen year old in Botswana that he first felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit that ultimately led to his ordination.
Graduating from Durham University he qualified as a teacher and following time working in both Kenya and Somerset he went to St Stephen’s House, Oxford in 2000 to begin his formational training. Ordained both deacon and priest in Carlisle Diocese, Stephen has spent his entire ordained ministry in the north of England as a Parish Priest, Area Dean and Diocesan Director of Ordinands.
He has continued as a Bishops’ Adviser in the national discernment process and also keeps himself involved with education as a trustee of a Multi-Academy Trust. He is also a trustee of a charity that helps people with a variety of disabilities access welfare and social support.
Stephen met and married Jane while they were at university. Jane is a full time primary school teacher and they have four adult children.
The Consecration of the Bishop of Beverley will take place at York Minster on the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, on Wednesday 30th November, at 11am. Information about tickets will be released in due course.