The Ven Jo Kelly-Moore was installed as the new Archdeacon of Canterbury and Canon Residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday (22 January).
Friends and family from New Zealand, where Jo has been Dean of Auckland for the last six years, travelled to the UK to support the new Archdeacon during the special Choral Evensong at the Cathedral.
As she was presented to the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, the congregation heard Jo described by her friend and the Bishop of Auckland the Rt Revd Ross Bay as a person of care and compassion; a person of vision and enthusiasm and a person who has absolute faith in the resurrection of Christ.
“It is a delight for me, and for my family, to be in Canterbury, the home of our Anglican Communion. We are very grateful for the warm welcome that we have received. Having enjoyed 16 years of ministry in the Diocese of Auckland I am looking forward, very much, to ministry amongst the people of Canterbury. ” said Jo.
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis said that the Cathedral community is looking forward to having Jo, husband Paul and their two teenage sons Adam and Nathan living in the Cathedral Precincts.
He added: “We look forward very much to the ministry of Archdeacon Jo in the Cathedral itself where she will have the role of one of the Residentiary Canons and take her part from time to time as Vice Dean. She will bring a great sense of the wider Anglican Communion to the Cathedral in its role as Mother Church of the Communion.
As Dean of Auckland, Jo led a $14.9m project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral, as well as sustaining her involvement in the Diocese, as Deputy Vicar General, and 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.
The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, said: “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.”
Together with the Archdeacons of Ashford and Maidstone, Jo holds a senior position assisting the Bishop in leading the Diocese and is responsible for the Deaneries of Canterbury, Thanet, Reculver, East Bridge and West Bridge, supporting the clergy and communities in their care of God’s people. The Archdeacon is also a Residentiary Canon with a key role in the life of Canterbury Cathedral and a member of Cathedral Chapter which oversees the day to day management of the Cathedral.
Jo is pictured above centre with the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis and members of the Canterbury Cathedral Chapter.