Bishop Philip North will be the next Bishop of Blackburn

Bishop Philip currently serves as the Bishop of Burnley within the Diocese of Blackburn so will lead the whole diocese in his new role, succeeding Julian Henderson who retired last year.

He said: “I believe with all my heart that God has called me to carry Jesus across Lancashire, to bear witness to his love and peace here in this county.

“I have done that for the past eight years as Bishop of Burnley, and I will go on doing that as Bishop of Blackburn. I am delighted to be staying in a county that I love very deeply indeed, delighted also that we will be able to carry on the work here in Blackburn Diocese.”

Read the full announcement from the Diocese of Blackburn.