We can announce today that the next Dean of Liverpool will be Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones. Sue comes to Liverpool Cathedral from the Diocese of Derby where she currently serves as Director of Mission and Ministry.
Welsh-born Sue, a vastly experienced priest, is the first woman to hold the post of Dean here. She comes with plenty of cathedral experience having served as Acting Dean at Derby Cathedral and prior to that Dean of Bangor. We are expecting that Sue will bring a fresh style of Leadership that will continue to help our cathedral grow and serve Liverpool, our diocese and the surrounding region.
Sue said “when I came to be interviewed for this role I was struck by how suited Liverpool Cathedral is for the city. Its imposing physical stature is matched by the strong desire to serve the community. A people-centred cathedral called to serve the people is a place that I felt God wanted me to be. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors stretching back to Dean Dwelly. I am looking forward to starting properly in the summer, working with the talented teams of volunteers, staff and clergy to continue the important work of the Cathedral”.
Bishop Alastair Redfern, The Bishop of Derby said “Sue Jones has done an outstanding job in transforming opportunities for learning and mission in our Diocese. We will miss her enormously. However, this new challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for her wisdom and gifts to be deployed for the flourishing of Liverpool Cathedral. We wish her well and join our prayers with colleagues in Liverpool for God’s blessing.”
Bishop Paul, the Bishop of Liverpool said “We interviewed a number of outstanding candidates and I am delighted to say that Sue was the unanimous first choice of our appointment panel. The appointment of any ordained leader begins a new chapter in a community's life, and this is as true for a Cathedral as for a parish. It is a new venture for our Cathedral to have a woman as Dean - and Sue brings many team leadership qualities with her. It’s is also a new venture for us to receive someone who has been both an Acting Dean and Dean before - and I know Sue will make her extensive cathedral experience count here in Liverpool. Above all the appointments panel was convinced that Sue’s personal qualities and leadership skill will provide warmth and guidance to the life of the cathedral as we enter a new phase of its life.
Liverpool Cathedral is in good shape. I am impressed by its clear vision and sense of collegiality amongst clergy, staff and volunteers as they seek to serve the city, region and diocese. Sue wholeheartedly supports that vision and will be working to cement its reputation and build its ministry.”
Canon Sue will be installed by the Bishop of Liverpool on May 5th at 3 pm in Liverpool Cathedral.