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New Bishop of Ripon announced

The Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley has been named the next Suffragan (Area) Bishop of Ripon, in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.

Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Bishop Hartley, 44, is at currently Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, an office she has held since 2014.

At the time she was the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop.

She succeeds Bishop James Bell who retired earlier this year.

The new bishop will officially begin her ministry on February 4, 2018 when she will be welcomed and installed at a service in Ripon Cathedral.

“I am delighted to welcome Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley as the new Bishop of Ripon. She brings expertise as a theologian, and episcopal experience from the wider Anglican Communion. She will add great strengths to the leadership and ministry of this diocese.”

– Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds

“I am excited, delighted, surprised and deeply humbled by the call to take up the role of the Bishop of Ripon. I look forward to getting my feet on the ground, listening and learning, and helping to root and grow the vision that Bishop Nick has for the Diocese of Leeds in the Ripon Episcopal Area. I rejoice in joining a dynamic episcopal team, and look forward immensely to working alongside my brother bishops Both my husband Myles and I have firm roots in the north: Myles in Cumbria, and myself in the north-east. Returning to the north, and to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales brings with it a deep sense of coming home, and I thank God for this call.”

– Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley