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Friday 22nd March, 2002 - 13:00 GMT
The 71st Bishop of Lincoln
Bishop Saxbee.
Lincoln Cathedral is the backdrop for one of the biggest events of the year - the enthronement of the 71st Bishop of Lincoln.
John Saxbee is looking forward to the challenge

FACTS
Bullet point. The diocese of Lincoln is geographically the largest in the Church of England.
Bullet point. It will cover a population of 924,000
Bullet point. John Saxbee's hobbies include walking and watching Eastenders!

The enthronement of the new Bishop inside Lincoln Cathedral will mark the culmination of a day of procession and ceremony.

Bishop John Saxbee will have completed his walk to work, meeting and greeting members of the public and local dignitaries. He will knock on the door of the Cathedral and the official service will begin.

Lincoln Cathedral.
Over 2000 people are expected to attend

Who is the new Bishop?

Bishop John Saxbee was born in Bristol in 1946 and was educated at Bristol and Durham Universities. He was ordained in Exeter Cathedral in 1972 and was later appointed Archdeacon of Ludlow and Suffragan Bishop.

He has experience of ministry in urban, rural, market town and coastal communities. He will now oversee the largest diocese in the Church of England, from Grimsby to Grantham.

John Saxbee was elected Bishop of Lincoln by the College of Canons in Lincoln Cathedral, on the nomination of the Crown.

The See of Lincoln

The See of Lincoln was founded in 1072 on the instructions of William the Conqueror, moving the diocesan centre from its Saxon home at Dorchester on Thames.

The writ giving the Bishop the right to move the Cathedral survives in the archives of the Cathedral library.

The new Bishop is looking forward to taking up the challenge after moving from his previous role as Bishop of Ludlow in Hereford where he has been for the past 10 years.

Experience the big day in a picture tour of the Bishop's arrival >>

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