New bishop to visit diocese 'far and wide'

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 seventh 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.

She planned the tour to be alongside people in places in the two regions. People are invited to join Dr Hartley as she stops. There will be updates of her tour through Twitter with the hashtag, #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 travels to Te Kauwhata for noon and ends in Whangamata.

Waikato Times