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New Archdeacon of Canterbury

New Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Very Revd Jo Kelly-Moore has been appointed as the next as the next Archdeacon of Canterbury.

Jo has been Dean of Auckland, New Zealand since August 2010 during which time she led a $14.9m project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral, as well as sustaining her involvement in the civic life of Auckland. She moved into that role from being vicar at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Remuera, a role that also involved serving as chaplain to Corran School for Girls. Before entering ordained ministry in 2000 Jo worked as a solicitor, both in New Zealand and in London. She met her British husband Paul when he was visiting New Zealand as a tourist. Paul currently works as Auckland Cathedral’s Pastoral Care Minister and they have two sons, Adam and Nathan. The family will move to Canterbury at the end of this year so that Jo can begin her new role in January.

It is a great privilege to be appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury, part of the wider story that is the mission and ministry of the Anglican Communion. Back in 1842 Bishop Selwyn arrived here in Aotearoa New Zealand from England and the next year bought the land for the Cathedral in which I have been Dean. While there is great sadness in leaving Aotearoa New Zealand, I am very much looking forward to ministering with the people of Canterbury and making it our family’s home.

The Very Revd Jo Kelly-Moore


The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury added: “I am delighted that Jo is coming to work with us here in Canterbury and I have no doubt that her experience and great talents will be of huge benefit, not just to the Canterbury Archdeaconry or Cathedral, but to the whole Diocese.”

Jo explained that when she visited Canterbury Cathedral in July she was struck by the awe-inspiring beauty of the building. She added: “But what struck me most was that sense of the prayers of the ages that have been offered up, and the story of the Gospel lived and proclaimed both in good times and bad, that are held in its walls.

“Cathedral ministry is a great privilege. I am very grateful for the welcome and the very generous support of Dean Robert Willis and the Cathedral clergy as we have discerned this call. I treasure the peace and blessing of the daily offices that draw us into God’s presence; the times of joy and sadness that a Cathedral marks for a nation, city. community or family; the fact that many pilgrims pass through for even just a few minutes to join their prayers with the prayers of the ages. All this alongside the fact that in Cathedral life you just never know what might happen next.”

The Archdeacon of Canterbury is a Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral and a member of Chapter and holds a senior position assisting the Bishop in leading the Diocese

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