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Appointment of Dean of St Albans

Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office

Appointment of Dean of St Albans: 6 September

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Joanne Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury and Residentiary Canon at Canterbury Cathedral, for election as Dean of St Albans.

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
Published 6 September 2021

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Joanne Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury and Residentiary Canon at Canterbury Cathedral, for election as Dean of St Albans, in succession to The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John following his resignation on 31st March 2021.

Background

Joanne was educated at Victoria University of Wellington and the Law Society of New Zealand. After a career in the law in Wellington and London she completed a theology degree at the Bible College of New Zealand, followed by graduate studies for ministry at St John’s Theological College in Auckland. Joanne served her title at St Aidan’s, Remuera in the Diocese of Auckland, and was ordained Priest in 2001. Becoming Vicar of St Aidan’s in 2004, Joanne took up the additional role of Chaplain for Corran School for Girls and in 2005 was appointed Acting Archdeacon of Auckland for the duration of 18 months. Joanne became Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland in 2010. In 2017, Joanne took up her current roles as Archdeacon of Canterbury and Residentiary Canon at Canterbury Cathedral.

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Father David
Father David
2 months ago

Sheffield, Hereford, St. Albans.does this mean we can fully expect Lucy to return to St. Paul’s next year?

Bill Broadhead
Bill Broadhead
Reply to  Father David
2 months ago

Assuming Lucy ( I presume you mean Winkett) even wanted to return to St Paul’s Cathedral – and if she did, I think she would be in need of serious heavy duty therapy – there’s no way the rest of the London hierarchy would countenance having someone of her calibre around the senior staff table. She would be constantly calling out the incompetence, the lack of pastoral care, and the general cavalier culture. I would also say there would be a good deal of episcopal (if not archiepiscopal) discomfort at someone of such clear ability and vision in the room.… Read more »

Clifford Jones
Clifford Jones
2 months ago

Other New Zealanders to have attained high office in the Church of England include a Dean of St Paul’s, an Archdeacon of Middlesex and a Superior of CR Mirfield. I could also have added an Assessor of the Lower House of Convocation of York. Good luck Joanne!

Simon W
Simon W
2 months ago

Marvellous news. Jo is still missed in ACANZP – a wise, caring, savvy pastor and priest. She would surely have been elected a bishop in NZ before too long.?

Jonathan Jamal
Jonathan Jamal
2 months ago

I would also add having lived at the Monastery of the Holy Trinity at Crawley Down in West Sussex for a year as a member of their Lay Community attached to that Monastery, a Father Superior of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God at Crawley Down, the Late Father Gregory CSWG (Leslie, Edward Dudding) who died in August 2009, who himself came from New Zealand to become a Monk at Crawley Down. He had a profound influence over many lives through his Spiritual Guidance and Direction. Jonathan

Father Ron Smith
2 months ago

Archdeacon Jo Kelly-Moore was a well-loved Dean of Holy Trinity, Auckland, N.Z. Her loss in moving to the U.K. was sorely felt. However, her move from Canterbury to the ancient diocese of Saint Albans will no doubt bring energy and blessing to that position which has been more than well-served by Dean Jeffrey John, who should have been made a bishop in the Church a long time ago! With the movement towards S/S Blessings in the Church in Wales, they may just be wishing they had grabbed him earlier on!

Dominic Barrington
Dominic Barrington
Reply to  Father Ron Smith
2 months ago

At the risk of nit-picking, St Albans is anything but an ancient diocese, dating only from 1877.

Clifford Jones
Clifford Jones
2 months ago

In addition to the New Zealanders identified in my earlier post there was an Archdeacon of Manchester who was from NZ and whose maternal grandfather was Prime Minister of NZ. There was a Bishop of Blackburn who had received episcopal consecration in NZ for work in the Pacific before translation back to England. The first Bishop of New Zealand, when it was one diocese, returned to England as Bishop of Lichfield. I am only aware of two Australian born priests who received episcopal consecration in England (though there might of course be others). One was Bishop of Dover and the… Read more »

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