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This is an excellent opportunity for a male priest of the Anglo-Catholic tradition who feels called by God to work in a multi-cultural area. There are excellent opportunities for engaging with church schools. The congregations are looking forward to you coming to join them and to you leading them forward as they begin a new chapter in their life together.

The closing date 6th September 2019

Interviews TBC

If you require further information or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax on 01484 471803 or by email on

Currently there are two churches – St Saviour Ravensthorpe and Holy Innocents Thornhill Lees. The latter has petitioned for closure because of structural issues with the building and is likely to close in 2019. The two parishes will then unite as one new parish. Both parishes have petitioned for extended episcopal oversight, which, in the Diocese of Leeds, is exercised by The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield.

We are looking for a male priest with energy, flair and enthusiasm to:

  • Lead and deliver high quality Catholic worship and to help the congregations develop their faith
  • Seek to draw a new generation into the life of the church through building links with the church schools and the uniformed organisations
  • Motivate the people of the newly formed parish to share in the mission of the church, developing the skills strengths and talents of the congregation
  • Work as a senior leader within the community promoting positive interfaith relationships and community cohesion

The ideal candidate would be:

  • A man for whom prayer and spirituality are at the centre of his ministry
  • A priest who will lead by example and act in a way that can teach and inspire
  • A keen visitor committed to becoming a visible presence in the community
  • An enabler of the ministry of the laity

Please see the Person Specification attached for further details of the essential and desirable qualities we are seeking in relation to this post.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

About Us

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five episcopal areas, each coterminous with an archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest Dioceses in the country and its creation in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

The benefice of Raventhorpe and Thornhill Lees with Savile Town lies in the Dewsbury Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking