Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Palace to Parish as Cleric Resigns

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Palace to Parish as Cleric Resigns

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Byline: By Alistair Keely

The Archbishop of York Dr David Hope will swap the grandeur of a palace for a humble parish vicarage after announcing his resignation yesterday as the Church of England's second most senior clergyman.

Dr Hope, archbishop since 1995, will give up Bishopthorpe Palace near York to become a parish priest in Ilkley, near Bradford.

He has made no secret of his long held wish to return to the "real ministry" of parish life ( and will take a pay cut of around pounds 40,000 a year.

Dr Hope, 64, has been appointed as vicar of St Margaret's in Ilkley and will cease to be Archbishop from February to take up his new post in March next year.

He is an Anglo-Catholic and has been at odds in the past with the more liberal wing of the church over the ongoing row involving women and gay priests.

Dr Hope was at St Margaret's Church yesterday morning for the Sunday service when the congregation was told he was to be their new priest.

Speaking in the church grounds, Dr Hope said St Margaret's traditional values attracted him to the post.

He added: "Clearly I sympathise with their background. I'm looking forward to it. It is clearly a change and a challenge.

"I thought it would be good to conclude my ministry where I began, I began as a parish priest. All ministries are a vocation, a calling from God, I was responding to that call."

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev David James, said Dr Hope will bring, "deep spirituality, a breadth of experience and a wealth of Yorkshire humour and down-to-earth common sense".

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said Dr Hope had been one of "God's great gifts to the Church", adding: "I shall miss him more than I can easily say, as a colleague whose wise advice and constant support have made a huge difference to my own ministry."

Parishioners at St Margaret's Church spoke of their shock and delight at the appointment of Dr Hope. …

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