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Our final meeting of the Vacancy-in-See Committee was held on Tuesday, May 24 at Blackburn Cathedral, writes Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Chair of the Committee. 

We were delighted to welcome Stephen Knott (Archbishops’ Appointment Secretary) and Helen Dimmock (Prime Minister’s Appointment Secretary) to meet with us over a buffet supper.

They had appreciated spending time in the Diocese and the time spent in all the consultations. We then prayer time in the Jesus Chapel before our meeting. 

A song used in our prayer time at the Cathedral which resonated with many was 'Be still for the presence of the Lord'. May we all know His stillness, presence and leading in the coming months.”

At the meeting which followed prayer we ...

  • ... signed off the Statement of Needs (see below) 
  • ... elected our six Crown Nomination Commission (CNC) representatives, from of a total of 12 who stood for nomination (see below for the six names) 

Crown Nomination Commission representatives

The following six people were elected to the Crown Nominations Commission and will interview potential candidates on November 8 and 9. 

Please keep them especially in your prayers ... 

  • Rev Paul Benfield
  • Rev Munawar Din
  • Dr Laura Oliver
  • Mrs Jacqueline Stamper
  • Mr Sam Walmsley
  • Rev Dr Tom Woolford

Statement of Needs

The Statement of Needs document is available to view here via an 'Issuu flipbook' which allows you to view the whole document online without the need to download. 

Click below and you will be taken to the document on Issuu where the best way to view is to click either 'larger view' or 'full screen' and follow the arrows at right to travel through the document.


Proposing candidates

The Church Times will publish notification of the Vacancy in the See of Blackburn this Friday.

Anyone wishing to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider church, or who wishes to propose candidates, should write before June 12, and via email, to:

  • Mr Stephen Knott (Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments): aaad.office@churchofengland.org
  • Mrs Helen Dimmock (Ecclesiastical Secretary to the Crown and Lord Chancellor): helen.dimmock@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Prayer for the next Bishop of Blackburn

Please continue to keep this discernment process for our next Bishop of Blackburn in your prayers and particulary using this prayer ... 

Heavenly Father, we pray for a bishop full of your Holy Spirit:
a disciple who makes disciples,
a bold witness to Jesus,
and a Christ-like leader,
able to inspire children and young people with the transforming message of your Gospel.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

We have produced a prayer card with this prayer and the Vision prayer. Download here.





Ronnie Semley, May 2022