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Next bishop of Newcastle announced

by Kelly Valencia

Downing Street has announced Dr Helen-Ann Hartley as the next bishop of Newcastle. 

The current bishop of Ripon will succeed Rt Rev Christine Hardman who retired in November 2021. 

She said to be "absolutely delighted" to take over the role and shared she was "inspired by the example of the Northern Saints, whose engagement in God's mission lies deep in the fabric and contours of the land". 

The 49-year-old continued: "I am, and will continue to be in this new role, a passionate advocate for the region. I look forward immensely to supporting and encouraging the vital work of the Diocese at every level: parishes and benefices, schools, chaplaincies, clergy and lay together as we continue to engage in God's mission in the season that lies ahead."

Bishop Helen-Ann was born in Edinburgh but at a very young age moved to Sunderland with her family, where her father became a Church of England priest. 

Bishop Helen-Ann trained for ministry on the St Albans & Oxford Ministry Course and was ordained priest in 2006 having previously studied at the University of St. Andrews and Worcester College, Oxford. 

In 2010, Bishop Helen-Ann relocated to New Zealand where, in 2013, she was elected to become the Bishop of Waikato on the country's North Island. In 2017, it was announced that she was to become the Bishop of Ripon.

The Archbishop of York, Most Rev Stephen Cottrell said: "I am delighted that Helen-Ann has agreed to become the next Bishop of Newcastle. Helen-Ann brings rich experience and a tremendous passion for communicating the gospel, as well as a deep commitment to championing those often under-represented in our society. Newcastle Diocese is truly blessed to have Helen-Ann as its new Bishop."

Bishop Helen-Ann is married to Myles, a musician from Cumbria.

Her installation as bishop of Newcastle will take place at Newcastle Cathedral, likely in early 2023.

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