Dean of Auckland appointed to Church of England

Anglican Diocese of Auckland
Media Release September 11 2016 


The Church of England has announced that the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, the current Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland, is to be the next Archdeacon of Canterbury. 
This is a significant and senior appointment in the Church of England. Dean Jo will work with the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, to oversee the Archdeaconry of Canterbury. The role also involves being vice Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Anglican Communion.
Bishop Trevor Willmott says Dean Jo’s experience and talents will benefit the whole Diocese. “We have found in Jo an excellent and astute theologian with wide-ranging leadership and management skills. I would like to assure Jo and her family of the prayers and support of the whole Diocese as they embark on this new adventure,” says Bishop Trevor. 
Bishops Ross Bay and Jim White, the Anglican Bishops of Auckland, describe the appointment as well deserved.
“There will be a real sadness in bidding farewell to Dean Jo, her husband Paul and sons Adam and Nathan, but the role is an exciting opportunity and she will bring perspectives from New Zealand to England and the wider Anglican Communion,” says Bishop Ross.  
Dean Jo has been at the Cathedral since August 2010. She moved to that role from being Vicar of St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Remuera. Before ministry she was a lawyer, both in New Zealand and in London.  
Bishop Ross says Dean Jo has led Selwyn’s Vision, a project to complete the Cathedral, which is now ready for consecration. She has also contributed to the work of the wider Anglican Church in New Zealand as well as having a voice in civic life. 
 “A completed Cathedral is due to the amazing leadership of Dean Jo. At all times she has also been priest ready to offer care and compassion for people as well lead services for the city and the nation. She will be missed,” says Bishop Ross. 
Dean Jo says leaving Auckland brings great sadness but also excitement in the ministry she has been called to.  
“Ministry in Auckland has been such a privilege, as I am sure it will be in Canterbury. There are so many people I have been with in times of joy and times of sadness - those names and faces of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay with me in England in my prayers and the prayers of our family,” says Dean Jo. 
Dean Jo and her family will move to England after Christmas to be able to start school terms in Canterbury. 
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