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New administrator at Walsingham shrine

PUBLISHED: 13:42 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:37 07 July 2010

Bishop Lindsay Urwin is to be installed as the 9th administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham by the Bishop of Norwich at a special service next month.

Bishop Lindsay Urwin is to be installed as the 9th administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham by the Bishop of Norwich at a special service next month.

Shrine guardians, clergy, staff and pilgrims will be among those who will be attending the service of welcome for Bishop Lindsay at the shrine church in Walsingham on March 19.

“It should be a super day and we look forward immensely to welcoming Bishop Lindsay in his new role on the Feast of St Joseph,” said Canon Martin Warner, Master of the Guardians.

Bishop Lindsay succeeds Father Philip North who left Norfolk last year to become a parish priest in the Diocese of London.

One of six children, he was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1956. He arrived in England in 1976 and began his training for the Church of England ministry at Ripon College, Cuddeson, in 1977.

After being ordained priest in 1981, he served in south London as a curate at Walworth, before being appointed as Vicar of North Dulwich in 1983.

He quickly gained a reputation for evangelism and communication and then made a move south to be Diocesan Missioner in the Diocese of Chichester from 1988 until he was appointed area Bishop of Horsham at the age of 37.

He has served his area with great vigour and enthusiasm while developing international and national links around the themes of evangelism, spirituality and hospitality.

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