Churchgoers in Yorkshire will be sad to hear the news that the Archbishop of York plans to retire in 18 months.
Dr John Sentamu revealed he will step down from the post on June 7th 2020, just three days before his 71st birthday.
Until his retirement, he will continue to address key issues in the Diocese of York and the Northern Province. This includes the launch of discipleship programme ‘Reach, Grow, Sustain’.
Speaking about his news, Dr Sentamu said: “I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible timeframe to pray, discern with wisdom and insight and put in place a timetable for my successor and to consider fully the work they will be called to do in service to the national church, the Northern Province and the Diocese of York.”
Dr Sentamu, who has held the post since November 2005, will continue to lead bishops’ missions in the Northern Province of the Church of England, including York, Nottingham, Southwell and Liverpool, in the meantime.
He will also work towards the ‘One Yorkshire’ deal, engaging in conversations about combining the local authorities in West Yorkshire, East Riding, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire to create one over-riding authority.
This would be led by an elected Mayor who would have some powers from the government, and who could step into place by 2020 if plans go ahead.
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