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/ 3 November 2013

St Michael’s Cornhill to welcome the Rt Revd Stephen Platten as Rector

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has today announced the appointment of the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, currently the Bishop of Wakefield, as the new Rector of St Michael’s Cornhill church in the City of London and an honorary assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London.

Stephen will take up the position in July 2014, following the formal dissolution of the Diocese of Wakefield at Easter. The legacy of Wakefield Diocese will be marked by celebrations over Lent and Holy Week next year.

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, new Rector designate of St Michael’s Cornhill, said:

"I very much look forward to taking up the role at St Michael’s Cornhill and working with the team at this iconic City of London church."

Taking up the post at St Michael’s will be a return to the capital for Stephen, who was born in London and educated at the Stationers’ Company’s School in Hornsey and the University of London before attending Cuddesdon Theological College and Trinity College, Oxford. Stephen worked for Shell before ordination and served as a priest in Oxford, Lincoln and Portsmouth, including as Tutor of Ethics and Chaplain at Lincoln Theological College, before becoming the then Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs in 1990. In 1995, he became Dean of Norwich and, in July 2003, he was enthroned as the Bishop of Wakefield.

Concurrent with this appointment, Stephen will continue as Chair of the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and will become Chairman of Hymns Ancient and Modern early in 2014. Stephen is a Liveryman and member of the Court of the Stationers’ Company.

Stephen is the author of a number of theological books including Augustine’s Legacy for which he received a BD through Trinity College Oxford. He also holds an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary D.Univ at the University of Huddersfield.

St Michael’s Cornhill is a medieval parish church in the City of London. The medieval structure was lost in the Great Fire of London and replaced by the present building designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with upper parts of the tower by Nicholas Hawksmoor. The historic church is the spiritual home of the Drapers’ Company, its Patron since 1503.

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