St Albans Cathedral appoints new Sub Dean

The Dean and Chapter of St Albans Cathedral and the Bishop of St Albans are pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Abigail Thompson as Sub Dean of the Cathedral with effect from February 2018.

Abi is currently Vicar of St James, Clifton in Rotherham, and Dean of Women’s ministry for the Diocese of Sheffield.

She graduated in Music at Kings College London and in Theology at Westcott House Cambridge.  She also holds both ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and ABRSM Grade 8 Singing and before ordination was a youth worker and freelance professional singer. She served her curacy at Sheffield Manor Parish.

The Sub Dean’s primary and particular responsibility, in collaboration with the whole clergy team, is to ensure and co-ordinate the pastoral care of the congregation. At the same time, as a Residentiary Canon, she shares in the entire life of the Cathedral and makes a contribution to the life of the diocese and the wider community. The Sub Dean acts as the Dean’s deputy and chairs Chapter meetings if he is absent.

The Dean of St Albans said, ‘Abigail is a highly experienced priest, a very engaging person and an excellent pastor who has worked in some of the church’s most challenging parishes. The challenge in St Albans is different but she is superbly qualified to meet it. She will be the first female residentiary canon of the Cathedral, and we very much look forward to welcoming her’.

The Reverend Abigail Thompson said “I am extremely excited about joining the team at St Alban’s and contributing to the life of the Cathedral. I have already been made to feel enormously welcome and look forward with great joy to getting to know the people of this community and praying alongside them.”

She will formally be installed as Canon on Saturday 24th February 2018.

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