When will Justin Welby officially become Archbishop of Canterbury?

The answer (it’s 4 February 2013) has been placed on the Archbishop of Canterbury website.

When will Justin Welby officially become Archbishop of Canterbury?

Dr Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, stepped down from the position on 31st December 2012. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, was named as his successor on 9th November 2012.

Bishop Justin’s name was submitted to the Prime Minister by the Crown Nominations Commission after a consultation process to determine the needs of the diocese, the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Consideration of the candidates took place over several months, then the Commission voted to identify a recommended candidate and a second appointable candidate. These names went forward to the Prime Minister.

In this case the recommended candidate was Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham. The Queen approved Justin Welby for election to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury, and an announcement was made by 10 Downing Street on 9th November 2012.

On 10th January 2013, the College of Canons will meet in the Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral to elect Bishop Justin as the new Archbishop, having received a Congé d’Elire from the Crown confirming that the See of Canterbury is vacant.

A legal ceremony, the Confirmation of Election, will take place on 4th February 2013 at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Dean of Canterbury will confirm to a commission of diocesan bishops that Bishop Justin has been elected according to statute. At this point, the office of Archbishop is conferred on Justin Welby – until then he remains Bishop of Durham.

The Enthronement will take place on 21st March 2013 at Canterbury Cathedral. The new Archbishop will be placed on two thrones – the diocesan throne in the Cathedral Quire as the Bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury, and the Chair of St Augustine as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Posted by Peter Owen on Wednesday, 2 January 2013 ______________________________________________

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Although Bishop Justin Welby has been announced as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, his appointment to the Diocese of Canterbury has yet to be ratified – by the College of Canons of Canterbury Cathedral – on 10th January.

There will then be a legal ‘Confirmation of Election’ as Archbishop at Saint Paul’s Cathedral on Monday, 4th February, until which date +Justin Welby will still be the Bishop of Durham.

One of the reasons for these protracted arrangements is that the Provincial Archbishop is also the Bishop of the local Diocese of Canterbury. For this reason, at his enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on 21st March, the new Archbishop will be seated on both the diocesan throne and the Throne of Saint Augustine.

This ‘double jeopardy’ (as some see the situation) has always proved a difficult role for any Archbishop of Canterbury, and one can only pray that +Justin (as ++Justin) will be given both the strength and the will to maintain the ‘Unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace’ in his diocese, while yet charitably administering the goodly  influence that traditionally has been that of ‘Primus-inter-pares’ –  as an advocate of cooperative inclusion of all people in the ministry and outreach of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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