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Bishop Rose - A New Appointment

Archdeacon Jo to become the next Dean of St Albans

Dear friends, 

I write to you with the news that Archdeacon Jo Kelly-Moore has been named as the next Dean of St Albans, succeeding the Very Revd Jeffrey John. This is great news indeed for the Diocese of St Albans and its Cathedral - and while we will miss her greatly, please join with me in celebrating with her this next exciting stage in her ministry.

Throughout her time in Canterbury Diocese, Jo has become known for her generous and pragmatic approach to ministry, as well as her great determination to bring positive change to our communities through life-changing faith in Christ. Her passion to open up conversations about faith in everyday life will continue to have an impact in our diocese long after she has left. She has represented us at General Synod and helped us to traverse the challenges of the present times with thoughtfulness and attention to detail. One particular hallmark of Jo's ministry is the way in which she demonstrates exceptional pastoral care for all those with whom she works, especially clergy who are experiencing difficult times. Jo has never failed to champion women's ministry, as well as the discipleship and empowerment of young Christians - I know that she will carry all of this passion, skill and drive with her as she steps into her new role.

Jo's contribution to the life of the Cathedral community, especially during such a time of national upheaval, has been enormous. Dean Robert says: "As a Chapter and Cathedral community, we offer our warmest congratulations to Archdeacon Jo on her appointment as Dean of St Albans. For the last five years, she and Paul and Adam and Nathan have shared our life here in the Precincts of Canterbury and we shall miss them greatly. Jo is no stranger to the work of a Dean and her experience in Auckland Cathedral, together with the energy and vision for both cathedral and diocese which she has demonstrated here in Canterbury, will be gifts which St Albans will both benefit from and enjoy."

Speaking about this news, Archbishop Justin said: "This is a fantastic appointment. Jo has been a real gift to Canterbury Diocese and she will be sorely missed. She navigates the complexities of the Church of England with humour, grace and skill and her commitment to the gospel of Christ is evident in her life."

I am personally very grateful to Jo for her friendship and for her colleagueship as a member of the Episcopal Staff Team. Alongside her archdeaconal colleagues, she has offered me a great deal of wisdom and support throughout my first two years with our diocese. She will be deeply missed, especially by those who worked closely with her. A special message for our diocese from Jo can be found below and on our Youtube channel.

While we wait for her successor to be appointed, please be assured that Canterbury archdeaconry will be well supported and looked after by the archdeacons. There will, of course, be opportunities for thanksgiving and goodbyes - details will be made available in due course. In the meantime, as Jo prepares to follow God's call to St Albans, please keep her, Paul and the boys in your prayers.

With thanks to you all for your ministry and in the assurance of my prayers,

The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Bishop of Dove