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The Bishop of Beverley is a Church of England suffragan bishop and takes its name after the town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
The suffragran bishop was originally to assist the Archbishop of York in overseeing the Diocese of York, but after 1923 the position fell into abeyance. The title was revived in 1994 as a Provincial Episcopal Visitor for the whole of the Province of York and has responsibility to visit parishes throughout the province who cannot in good conscience accept the ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women.
The current Bishop is the Right Reverend Glyn Webster.
The present Bishop of Beverley is Glyn Webster, who was consecrated in York Minster on 25 January 2013. His entire ministry has been in or around the City of York, culminating in thirteen years as a Canon Residentiary of York Minster. Until his consecration, he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, where he was elected as the Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York.
As Bishop of Beverley, two primary tasks are entrusted to him. He is to be a spokesperson for all those in the Northern Province opposed to the ordination of women to the priesthood, monitoring their treatment and speaking out, as necessary, on their behalf. Additionally, a number of parishes have petitioned their diocesan bishop to receive from him, extended episcopal care. In practice, this means that, as required, he ordains clergy for such parishes and celebrate confirmation in them. He seeks to pastor both clergy and people, helping to build the parishes up in the mission to which God has called them. At present, there are some eighty parishes in his care.
There is a danger that Anglicans of my persuasion can be seen as those just against something. On the contrary, we are for the Universal Faith of the Church and seek to recall folk to the Church's undivided teaching. We include within our ranks Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals as well as many who would not naturally use either of these labels.