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Canon for Worship and Congregational Life Announcement

First published: Sunday 24 March, 2024

The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Newcastle, is delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Prebendary Ruth Hulse as Residentiary Canon for Worship and Congregational Life at Newcastle Cathedral in the Diocese of Newcastle.

Ruth is currently Team Rector of the West Hereford Team Ministry where she has served for the last eleven years, and a non-residentiary Canon at Hereford Cathedral. She will be installed at Evensong on Saturday 13 July at 3pm.

Ruth writes: “I am delighted to accept the role of Canon for Worship and Congregational Life at Newcastle Cathedral, and excited by the possibilities that lie ahead in both the Cathedral and the Diocese. I’m looking forward to getting to know the people of the Cathedral community and the city, and seeing where God leads us as we share this next chapter of life and worship together. I will be very sad to leave the churches of the West Hereford Team, amongst whom I have ministered for almost 11 years, and who have ministered to me in so many ways, but I am excited by all that lies ahead for myself and my family. The core values at Newcastle Cathedral of radical welcome, inspiring worship and empowering worth reflect, for me, how Jesus lived, what he taught, and the hope he brings. I look forward to sharing these values with the Cathedral community as we join in with what God is already doing, and as we live out our faith together”.

The Dean of Newcastle, Lee Batson, writes: “I am thrilled that Ruth emerged as the unanimous choice of the panel to be the Canon for Worship and Congregational Life at Newcastle Cathedral. Ruth brings a deep appreciation of the transformative power of worship, and a wealth of experience as a parish priest in Hereford. This post has been shaped to give a deliberate focus to work with the congregation so that they can be empowered to look outward in mission, and so enable us to grow even younger and diverse than we currently are. I have no doubt that God has sent us the right person in Ruth to help us make this aspiration a reality”.

Further details will be shared in due course of Ruth’s installation at Evensong on Saturday 13 July.