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New Bishop of Sheffield appointed

Rev Dr Steven Croft
Dr Croft has four grown up children with his wife Ann

A Yorkshireman has been appointed as the new Bishop of Sheffield, Downing Street has announced.

The Reverend Dr Steven Croft, who was born in Halifax, succeeds Bishop Jack Nicholls, who retired in July.

Dr Croft, 51, has been working alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury as Archbishops' Missioner for the past four years.

The married father of four is expected to be enthroned in Sheffield Cathedral in the spring.

Dr Croft said he was "honoured" to be offered the post and he and his wife Ann were looking forward to moving back to Yorkshire.

"I will have a great deal to learn about South Yorkshire, about the life of the Church here and about being a bishop," he said.

"I intend to spend my first months in the diocese listening to what is happening in the many different communities.

"I'll be spending time getting to know clergy and parishes but also, I hope, working alongside different people in the community to see South Yorkshire from different points of view."

Dr Croft will have an oversight over Church of England parishes in South Yorkshire and parts of the East Riding near Goole.


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