What does the Bishop of Peterborough do?
The Bishop of Peterborough leads the diocese in its work to bring all people to know Jesus. They are also a focus for unity in the diocese. As bishop they ordain new clergy each year and are responsible for appointing clergy to the diocese and caring for and supporting those who serve here. They take services throughout the diocese, including confirmations. The bishop is assisted by their senior staff, called the Bishop’s Management Group (BMG), which includes the suffragan bishop, the dean, the diocesan secretary, the two archdeacons, their chaplain, their PA, and the adviser for women’s ministry.
Who is the Bishop of Peterborough?
The 39th Bishop of Peterborough is the Right Reverend Debbie Sellin. Bishop Debbie will be installed at a service in Peterborough Cathedral in March 2024.
The process for electing a new diocesan bishop has several stages during which the announcement is made, the Bishop is formally elected by the Canons of Peterborough Cathedral, that election is confirmed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the new Bishop is then installed in the Cathedral.
The Confirmation of Bishop Debbie's Election took place on Wedneday 13 December at Lambeth Palace and she will be installed at a service of welcome in Peterborough Cathedral in March 2024. Whilst Bishop Debbie legally became the 39th Bishop of Peterborough on 13 December, her duties will be delegated to Bishop John until her installation.
The Rt Revd John Holbrook is also the Bishop of Brixworth. More information about Bishop John can be found on his page.