Bishop of Wakefield
The Rt Revd Stephen Platten presides over and cares for the Diocese of Wakefield.
He is the 12th Bishop of Wakefield and began this ministry on 19 July 2003. He was formerly Dean of Norwich.
He works with other senior members of staff and the Bishop’s Council in planning the strategic leadership of the diocese.
The Bishop has particular interests in the study of theology and relations with other churches. He is Chairman of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, which seeks to develop the worshipping life of the church.
Click here for Stephen Platten's CV and background information.
Bishop Stephen became a Lord In June 2009.
Syria and the Middle East – Debate
The Bishop of Wakefield spoke during the recent debate on Syria and the Middle East, highlighting the increasing complexity of the conflict in Syria, the difficulties facing outside countries such as the UK in responding appropriately and effectively, the huge displacement of the Syrian population, and the need to invest significant resources in the region to facilitate a peaceful solution to the conflict. He asked the Government to support efforts to bring about reconciliation between two key actors in the conflict – Iran and Saudi Arabia, and called for support of civil society within the refugee populations, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan. His full speech can be read here:
Download an interview with Jillian Moody where Stephen speaks about the work in the Lords regarding Syria.
Download an interview where Stephen speaks more generally about his work in the Lords, where people of extraordinary knowledge and experience can contribute to understanding complex issues, and also some things he hopes to do after he leaves Wakefield Diocese.
Chrism Eucharist 2014
Wakefield Diocese Lent Appeal 2014
Bishop Mwita of Tarime Diocese is asking us to help him develop his team of Trained Evangelists And Ministers to plant and grow churches in Tarime Diocese. £600 is the cost of sending and evangelist or minister to college for a year and supporting their family. Download a poster with more information.
Prayers for Syria - September 2013
Ad Clerum regarding Women Bishops - November 2012
Letter to Laity regarding Women Bishops - November 2012
Click here for additional photographs of Stephen Platten, and of Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract.
Click here for a list of former Bishops of Wakefield and Bishops of Pontefract.
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The Rt Revd Tony Robinson is the suffragan (assistant) Bishop of Pontefract. Bishop Tony assists the diocesan bishop in the day-to-day running of the diocese. He was formerly Archdeacon of Pontefract. He was consecrated as Bishop on 6 December 2002.
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