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Cathedral’s Canon Jane Steen appointed Archdeacon of Southwark

Canon Jane Steen, canon chancellor and theologian of Southwark Cathedral, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Southwark.

Canon Jane Steen
Canon Jane Steen

As Archdeacon Dr Steen will oversee 33 Anglican parishes in and around the borough of Southwark.

She has been a member of the chapter of Southwark Cathedral since 2005 as well as serving as director of ministerial education for the Diocese of Southwark.

Her PhD dissertation was on Samuel Johnson's Anglicanism and she maintains a continuing academic interest in Dr Johnson, lecturing and taking part in conferences.

Before taking up her current role she served as chaplain to the then Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Tom Butler.

"I am honoured to be asked to be the Archdeacon of Southwark," she said.

"I look forward to getting to know the people and clergy of the Archdeaconry better as we work together to further God's mission and ministry here."

Dr Steen's appointment is the latest in a series of internal moves between senior roles in the Diocese of Southwark. Her predecessor as Archdeacon of Southwark is Michael Ipgrave who is now the Bishop of Woolwich.

Canon Steen will be collated and installed at Southwark Cathedral at Choral Evensong on Sunday 14 April along with the new Archdeacon of Croydon, the Venerable Chris Skilton, and the new Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Revd Alastair Cutting (whose appointment was also announced this week).

The Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said: "It is good to be able to appoint two Archdeacons who bring with them a wealth of experience from across the spectrum of the church.

"The Woolwich Episcopal Area, under the guidance of the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, will be well served by such a talented and committed leadership.

"Please pray for them as they prepare to work together and for Jane as she prepares to continue to serve in the Diocese of Southwark in this new role."

• In January Revd Stephen Hance will be installed as the Diocese of Southwark's new canon missioner.

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