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Encyclopedia > Stephen Sykes

The Right Reverend Professor Stephen Whitefield Sykes (b. 1 August 1939) is the principal of St John's College, Durham. He was formerly the Church of England Bishop of Ely, and has held professorial chairs in divinity at both Durham and Cambridge universities. August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... St Johns College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ... Arms of the Bishop of Ely The Bishop of Ely is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Ely in the Province of Canterbury. ... Divinity is the academic study of Christian and other theology and religious ministry at a school, divinity school, university, or seminary. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... The University of Cambridge (often called Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...


Sykes studied at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1961. He then trained for ministry in the church at Ripon Hall, Oxford. Sykes was ordained deacon in 1964, and priest the following year. However, Sykes has never held a parish ministry position: after ordination, he was appointed a lecturer in divinity at Cambridge and dean (responsible for the chapel) of his alma mater, St John's, Cambridge. In 1974, Sykes was appointed Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and became a residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. In 1985, Sykes returned to Cambridge to take up the chair of Regius Professor of Divinity, and was given a corresponding canonry at Ely Cathedral. In 1990, he was consecrated Bishop of Ely. In 2000, Sykes returned to education, taking up the post of principal of St John's College, Durham, succeding Anthony Thistleton. He is also an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Durham. Full name The College of Saint John the Evangelist of the University of Cambridge Motto Souvent me Souvient I Often Remember Named after The Hospital of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, named after John the Evangelist Previous names Incorporates part of what was Merton Hall which no longer exists Established... Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. ... Roman Catholic priests in traditional clerical clothing. ... Lecturer is the name given to university teachers in most of the English-speaking world (but not at most universities in the U.S. or Canada) who do not hold a professorship. ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ... A chapel is a private church, usually small and often attached to a larger institution such as a college, a hospital, a palace, or a prison. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Look up canon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Durham Cathedral silhouetted against the sunset Durham Cathedral from nearby The Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. ... The Regius Professorship of Divinity is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the professorships at the University of Oxford and at the University of Cambridge. ... Front of Ely Cathedral Ely Cathedral (in full, The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely) is the principal church of the diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England, and the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Ely. ... Arms of the Bishop of Ely The Bishop of Ely is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Ely in the Province of Canterbury. ... The Diocese of Durham is a Church of England diocese, based in Durham, and covering the historic County Durham (and therefore including the southern part of Tyne and Wear and the northern part of Cleveland). ...

Preceded by:
Peter Knight Walker
Bishop of Ely
1990–2000
Succeeded by:
Anthony Russell

 
 

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