New Dean for Holy Trinity Cathedral

5 July 2017

The new Dean of Auckland’s Anglican Cathedral hopes the completed Cathedral can be a place that is shared and common ground for the whole city.

The Very Reverend Anne Mills will be welcomed as the Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in a Service of Installation this Thursday July 6 at 7:30pm. She will be the tenth Dean of Auckland.  The new Dean begins the position with the Cathedral just completed and due to be consecrated in October after a final four years of building work. The land was purchased in 1843 by Bishop Selwyn with the dream of a Cathedral on the site. That dream is now fulfilled.

 “There has been tireless work and effort to complete the Cathedral in recent years and I am so grateful for the work of previous Deans and the building we have to offer to all as part of our mission and ministry to Auckland City. I see a new chapter in the life of the Cathedral that focuses on it being a place for people from all walks of life, a place to meet each other and to meet God”, says Anne Mills.

Anne Mills says the Cathedral can be a voice in the city but also a place for all which she says reflects the hopes of Bishop Selwyn as it connects with Auckland City. She says it will be an honour to offer hospitality to the diocesan family, tikanga partners in the church and the city.

“Bishop Selwyn purchased the land where the Cathedral sits and described its purpose as to be a ‘centre for educational, social, charitable and missionary work’. I look forward to the Cathedral being a place that can hold joy and sorrow for both local and international concerns and always have an open door for anyone so we can invent the future rather than prevent it”, says Anne Mills.

The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, the Right Reverend Ross Bay says, ”Anne brings experience both as a priest and in education and she has shown great commitment in her ministry here in Auckland and in Hamilton. It is an exciting chapter ahead as the Cathedral prepares to be consecrated and to further develop its service to the church and the city. I look forward to working with Anne as that unfolds”.

Anne has moved from the position of Vicar of St Mark’s Remuera to be the Dean. Before ordination she was a primary school teacher and held roles of Assistant and Deputy Principal before being a Lecturer in Education at Waikato University. Anne was ordained as a priest in 2002 and served at St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton, then as Co-Vicar of Chartwell Cooperating Parish, Hamilton. She was Archdeacon of Hamilton as well as being on the Board of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. Anne is married to Chris and they have two teenage girls. 
Anne is available for interviews.

Anne is available for interviews.
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