First Female Dean of St Albans Installed
7th December 2021
On Saturday 4 December, the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore was installed as Dean of St Albans, during a special service at St Albans Cathedral.
St Alban, Britain’s first saint, was executed near to where the Cathedral stands today and since that day, no female has had the role of Dean of St Albans.
Dean Jo’s appointment was approved by the Queen in September, after spending four years at Canterbury Cathedral and prior to that, Jo was Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore said: “It is a huge privilege and a joy to become the 10th Dean of St Albans and to work with the Cathedral community and in our Diocese as we, inspired by Alban, Britain’s first saint and martyr, serve and support the communities we are part of. In this challenging and anxious world there can be no doubt of our need to work together, across our communities, as we seek to build communities of care where all have what they need and can reach their potential. I am committed to that partnership. Thank you for the warm welcome already and I look forward very much to meeting you all over the coming months and to life and ministry here in the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire”.
The Bishop of St Albans said: “I’m delighted that Jo has arrived to take up her responsibilities as Dean of St Albans. As well as being the ‘mother church’ of the diocese, the cathedral is a centre of worship and tourism, welcoming large numbers of people on a daily basis. I am confident that under her leadership the cathedral will continue to play a major role in the life of the city and the region. We are looking forward to working with her over the coming years”.
Tim Fleming, Chief Operating Officer at St Albans Cathedral said: “The Cathedral’s staff and many volunteers are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Jo in her new ministry, here at St Albans and throughout the communities we serve. St Albans Cathedral is known to be a welcoming and friendly place, and Jo’s energy and enthusiasm will fill it beautifully. Jo has talked about the importance and joy of being the people of God in all that we do. It is that message of love and care, inspired by the witness of Alban, that I’m sure Jo will find here as we welcome her and her family.”