Bishop of Ripon: Helen-Ann Hartley
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley with Bishop Nick Baines
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Macleod Hartley, MTheol, ThM, MPhil, DPhil, Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, in New Zealand, to the Suffragan See of Ripon, in the Diocese of Leeds in succession to the Right Reverend James Harold Bell, MA, on his resignation 30 April 2017.
Bishop Helen-Ann (44) was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in Sunderland. She was educated at the University of St Andrews, Princeton Theological Seminary in the USA, and Worcester College, University of Oxford, where she is an Honorary Fellow. She trained for ordination on the St Alban’s and Oxford Ministry Course, and was ordained deacon in 2005, and priested in 2006. She was Curate in the Benefice of Wheatley, and then in the parish of Littlemore, both in Oxford Diocese. In 2008 she was appointed Lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and later Director of Biblical Studies. In 2012 she became Dean for the New Zealand Dioceses at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland. She was elected Bishop of Waikato in August 2013, and was consecrated on 22 February 2014.
Bishop Helen-Ann has published with SPCK, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Reflections series for Church House Publishing. She has also contributed to the Pilgrim course.
She is married to Myles, an organist and church musician. Her interests include the night sky, contemporary fiction and visual arts, going to the gym, and watching netball.
From the Leeds diocesan website: New Bishop of Ripon announced as Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley
…Announcing the appointment and welcoming Bishop Helen-Ann at Church House in Leeds on November 9, Bishop Nick Baines said,
“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.”
The bishop designate will officially begin her ministry on February 4, 2018 when she will be welcomed and installed at a service in Ripon Cathedral…
Well, well! Our New Zealand (ACANZP) Bishop of Waikato, + Dr.Helen-Ann Hartley, who came to New Zealand to take up a teaching post at St.John’s College, Auckland, and was then made Bishop of Waikato (in episcopal partnership with Archbishop Philip Richardson, Primate and Bishop in Taranaki); has now been announced as the next Bishop of Ripon in the Church of England.
I came across this news first via a Tweet from Simon Sarmiento, of ‘Thinking Anglicans’, whose website always provides the most up-to-date news from activities in the worldwide Anglican Communion. On logging in to TA, I found this article, and am amazed at the speed with which Bishop Hartley has been repatriated to her ‘mother’ Church of England.
As Helen-Ann herself explains:
“As I reflected on the call to this incredibly exciting role, some words of GK Chesterton came to mind: ‘There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.’ I can’t wait to get to know the people and communities of the Ripon Area. I hope that you will pray for me in this time of transition, as I will continue to hold the Diocese and particularly the Ripon area in my prayers as we begin this new season together.”
One might, en passant, ask why it takes the departure of female English clergy to places like Aotearoa/New Zealand (or the U.S.A.) for them to be recognised as capable of serious ministry in the Church of England? In the case of Helen-Ann, there is no doubt that her speedy preferment here has interested the Church of England enough to consider what they had lost with her departure.
A sad loss for us and the Hamilton (Waikato) Diocese. But no doubt a welcome gain for the Church of England
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand