New Dean of Worcester appointed - The Worcester Observer

New Dean of Worcester appointed

Holly Clement 19th Jun, 2024   0

THE King approved the nomination of The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Edwards, to be appointed as the new dean of Worcester.

Stephen has been interim dean since last September when Very Revd Peter Atkinson retired from his position.

Stephen will be installed officially as dean on September, 15 at 3pm.

He joined the cathedral as a residentiary canon in 2019 and was responsible for promoting the mission int he Diocese and local community – as well as pastoral care and spiritual nature of the cathedral community.

Since being interim Dean, Stephen has led the cathedral through vacancy and will continue to play a key role.

Stephen said: “Ever since arriving in Worcester five years ago I have loved this amazing Cathedral and have grown in deep affection for the people and city as well as the wider diocese.

“It is now a privilege and joy to be appointed as Dean of Worcester and I look forward to continuing to develop the Cathedral’s ministry and position as a place of prayer, learning and welcome.”


Bishop John said: “I am delighted with this appointment. Stephen is an exceptionally gifted priest who is much loved in Worcester and beyond. He has been a brilliant Interim Dean, and we are very blessed that God has called him to be the next Dean.”

Stephen first served in the church of wales and then in the Diocese of Manchester after he was ordained in 1996.

Stephen was also the Bishop of Manchester’s adviser for liturgy and worship as well as the co-ordinator of the Manchester Estate Ministry Network.

He is also the independent chair of the Worcester Cares forum for homelessness and vulnerable people.


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