The former Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, will be formally installed as a parish priest at a service in Ilkey, West Yorkshire, on Wednesday night.
Dr Hope will be installed as a priest on Wednesday
The service at St Margaret's Church will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, and the Bishops of Hull, Whitby and Beverley.
Dr Hope will be known to his parishioners simply as Father David.
Ordained as a curate in Liverpool in 1965, he was appointed Archbishop of York in 1995.
Dr Hope said: "I'm really looking forward to engaging with people and serving the community.
"There'll also be a lot to learn as I haven't been a parish priest for 20 years and the job has changed so much."
He had decided on St Margaret's in Ilkley because of the "traditional values" of the people in the town.