Newman Lecture: Bishop Graham James

From his biography:

The Rt Revd (Dr) Graham James
Bishop of Norwich

The Rt Revd Graham James was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later working in Welwyn Garden City, Church House – Westminster (where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England), Canterbury (where he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and later, George Carey).
He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall, but moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on 29 January 2000.

Bishop Graham has been an active member of the House of Lords since 2004. He is currently Chair of the Ministry Division which is responsible for the selection and training of all candidates for ordination.

Bishop Graham has also been a Board Member of the Countryside Agency and been much involved in rural issues. In 2011, he was invited to join the Lords Select Committee on Communications and took up the responsibility as the Church of England’s lead spokesman on media issues. He is patron or president of over thirty organisations and a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.


I found this to be a very interesting lecture, especially with regards to the modern history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which as Jessica has told us, was before the Reformation one of Catholicism’s great pilgrimage sites. It seems in many ways to be becoming one again, it’s certainly on my list of places I want to go. I also find it interesting that the first Catholic Mass held at the Shrine was by the United States Army Air Forces, shortly after VE day.

Sometimes we forget, especially those of us that are Protestants, that our traditions, like our Roman brothers and sisters, go back to Jesus, not just to the Reformation.

Next week will be as Professor Charmley noted, a bit of view from the other side of the hill with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Conner, former Archbishop of Westminster.

As always, sponsored by:

UEADiocese of East Anglia







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