Bishop of Burnley launches Hope on the Estates initiative

Bishop Philip North to speak at launch of Diocese of Leeds' Hope for the Estates initiative: 5 October

The Bishop of Burnley will be the keynote speaker at the first ‘Hope for the Estates’ event - a new diocesan initiative to strengthen and support ministry in some of our most deprived parishes.

The event will be held on Thursday 5 October, 10am-3pm at St George’s, Lupset, Wakefield and is aimed at clergy and church leaders involved in mission on urban estates across the Diocese of Leeds.

Vicar of Gipton, Revd Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, explained: “A group of clergy from four of our Episcopal Areas met recently to explore how those who minister in parishes with significant areas of social housing might find support and share ministry ideas with each other.

“We are delighted that Bishop Philip North has agreed to be our keynote speaker for our first event. He is passionate about ministry in our most deprived areas and has recently taken a leading role in urging the Church of England to give priority to churches that serve social housing estates. 

“We will worship, listen, question, eat and reflect together. We will hear from Bishop Philip and from three estate practitioners from across the traditions and geography of the diocese. We also hope to create a diocesan urban estates fellowship”.

Kathryn Fitzsimons will chair the day and Gordon Dey (retired priest and adviser on Jesus Shaped People) will lead a Bible study.

The event is free and includes lunch, but booking is essential for catering numbers. Please book your place through the following Eventbrite link: 

If you need more information, contact Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, 0113 2256702 or kathrynfitzsimons [at]



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