Bishop starts journey

The next bishop of Waikato begins her five-day pilgrimage of Waikato and Taranaki today as part of her consecration and installation on February 22.

The Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, 40, will be the 7th bishop of Waikato. Her pilgrimage will begin and end with prayer at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton. There will be stops each day, including St Mary's Cathedral in New Plymouth, Katikati, Taumarunui, Okato and Raglan Beach.

People are invited to join Dr Hartley at her stops. There will be updates of her tour through Twitter with the #tag, #pilgrimsprogress. A video will be available to explain the pilgrimage.

Dr Hartley said the diocesan family was spread far and wide.

"The pilgrimage is a chance to spend time with the immediate diocesan family who worship in places that vary from farmland to beaches. Church happens in many ways in our lives, it will be good to be amongst it," she said.

The pilgrimage begins at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton at 9am, then on to Te Kauwhata for noon and ends in Whangamata. Fairfax NZ

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