Helen Ann Hartley ordained Anglican Bishop of Waikato

The new Anglican  Bishop of Waikato has been ordained in Hamilton last Saturday.

Helen Ann Hartley replaces Archbishop David Moxon who is now the the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representativeat the Vatican

Bishop Hartley is the  the 7th Bishop of Waikato and  she is the first woman bishop of the Diocese.

She was born in Edinburgh and moved with her family to Sunderland in 1975.

She  became a priest in 2005 in the Diocese of Oxford.

Bishop Hartley is the fourth generation of her family to be ordained.

Bishop Hartley is the the third woman to hold the position of Bishop in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

She she is the first woman ordained a priest in the Church of England to become a bishop and so her ordination is being followed with interest by UK media.

The Church of England is currently debating the issue of women being allowed to be bishops.

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