The Bishop of Burnley, The Right Reverend Philip North, has been elected as the new Master of the Guardians of the historic Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk.
The Shrine, which is located in the village of Walsingham, has been a place of Christian pilgrimage for many centuries.
While to modern ears the title may sound like something from a Marvel Universe film, it is in fact an honorary position at the Shrine, which involves chairing the College of Guardians at meetings which take place in London or Walsingham four times a year.
Bishop Philip’s connection to Walsingham goes back to the turn of the millennium when he was appointed Guardian of the Shrine and later became Priest Administrator from 2002 to 2008.
Bishop North, said: “It is an immense honour to become Master of the Guardians and to be able to offer service once again to a place which has brought conversion, healing and refreshment to so many pilgrims over the years.
“This is an exciting time for the Shrine with a new Priest Administrator about to start and some really good plans for the new season. I look forward to doing all I can to support the College of Guardians in their work.”
Bishop Philip succeeds the Bishop of Chichester, The Rt Rev. Martin Warner, who has completed his three terms as Master.