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Oxford Ministry Course trained new Bishop of Ripon

The next Bishop of Ripon, The Rt Rev'd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, trained for ordination on the Oxford Ministry Course at Cuddesdon, and was ordained in 2005. She served her curacy in the neighbouring village of Wheatley, and then later at Littlemore. From 2008 - 2011, Helen-Ann returned to Cuddesdon to take up the post of full-time Director of Biblical Studies and Lecturer in New Testament for Ripon College Cuddesdon.

In 2014, Helen-Ann became the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop when she was appointed as the Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand. Now in this latest appointment to Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann will return to her roots in the north of England where she grew up. The bishop designate will officially begin her ministry on 4 February 2018 when she will be welcomed and installed at a service in Ripon Cathedral.

Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Bishop Humphrey Southern said "Bishop Helen-Ann is the first Cuddesdon-trained female bishop.  We couldn't be more delighted and proud of her, and will be praying for her as she returns and prepares to take up her new post."  Dean of the Oxford Ministry Course, Revd Dr Tim Naish said "Helen-Ann was both an exceptional student and, later on, an outstanding lecturer and colleague."


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