New bishop ap­pointed for Calderdale and Kirklees

Halifax Courier - - The Week In Court - Jon Cron­shaw

A new Angli­can bishop has been ap­pointed to over­see Calderdale and Kirklees area as part of the newly cre­ated Dio­cese of West York­shire and The Dales. The Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, cur­rently Rec­tor of Heswall in the Dio­cese of Ch­ester, was named the Bishop of Hud­der­s­field at a cer­e­mony at Hal­i­fax Min­ster.

The Rev Dr Gibbs said: “It’s very ex­cit­ing - it’s a huge priv­i­lege to be in­vited into this role.

“Firstly, I’m here as a bishop for the Church - I want to build up the life of the Church.

“I want to see what the Church can do to reach out imag­i­na­tively to younger peo­ple in new ways that might or might not be in a church build­ing or on a Sun­day morn­ing.

“I’m here for the wider com­mu­nity which means I’ll be work­ing with other faith com­mu­ni­ties - in­ter­faith di­a­logue is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.”

The Dio­cese of West York­shire and The Dales was formed in April and is a merger of the Dio­cese of Brad­ford, Leeds, Ripon and Wake­field and forms the largest dio­cese in Eng­land.

The new Bishop of Hud­der­s­field added: “The Church of Eng­land is do­ing some­thing new with the three dio­cese be­com­ing the Dio­cese of West York­shire and the Dales.

“Part of that is the change

“I want to see what the Church can do to reach out...”

to five ar­eas - so I’m the area Bishop of Hud­der­s­field for the area of Calderdale and Kirklees.

“We hope that will mean a sense of sup­port for lo­cal churches in terms of them having their own bishop, but also that it will fa­cil­i­tate co­op­er­a­tion with the wider civic com­mu­nity.”

The bishop will be mov­ing to the area with his wife Toni and is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know his com­mu­nity.

He said: “My wife and I are look­ing for­ward to mov­ing in to this won­der­ful area - it’s go­ing to give us the op­por­tu­nity to get to know some fan­tas­tic new places and we look for­ward to learn­ing from oth­ers lo­cally and get­ting to know the com­mu­nity hope­fully for many years to come.”

JONATHAN GIBBS has been ap­pointed as the new Bishop of Hud­der­s­field and will over­see Calderdale and Kirklees.

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