English female priest elected bishop in New Zealand: The Church of England Newspaper, September 13, 2013 p 6. September 12, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand & Polynesia, Church of England Newspaper, Women Priests.
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An English female priest has been elected Bishop of Waikato in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
The Rev. Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley will become the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion. Bishop-elect Hartley will join the Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, as one of two women bishops in New Zealand, and the provinces third female bishop. In 1990 the Rt. Rev. Penelope Jamieson became the Communion’s first female bishop when she was elected Bishop of Dunedin.
At her election, Dr. Hartley (40) was the dean of students at St John’s College in Auckland. Ordained in 2005 in the Diocese of Oxford, she served her curacy as part of a team ministry in the diocese, before being appointed Director of Biblical Studies and a lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. In 2010, Dr. Hartley moved to St John’s College in Auckland to conduct research and was appointed dean in 2013.
As Bishop of Waikato, she will be one of two co-equal bishops in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki – sharing episcopal jurisdiction over the diocese with the Bishop of Taranaki, the Most Rev. Philip Richardson – who also serves as Archbishop of New Zealand and co-Primate of the province.
The New Zealand church’s provincial news website quoted the new bishop as saying “I am greatly looking forward to putting on my tramping shoes and gumboots, and getting to know people where they are, finding out more about the landscapes and industries that are integral to life and ministry in the diocese.