Fermanagh cleric announced as new Dean of Canterbury

The new Dean of Canterbury will be a Fermanagh-born minister, the Very Reverend Dr David Monteith.

It was announced this week that Her Late Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Dr David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, for election as Dean of Canterbury.

David grew up in Irvinestown and was a congregational member of Derryvullan North Parish Church.


Commenting on his new appointment, Dean David said, “I am delighted and honored to be entrusted with this opportunity for learning and service. Canterbury Cathedral has played a vital role in our Christian history in England, but it is also much loved by many communities in the Anglican Communion.

“So I can already see that there is a lot to manage and a lot to reimagine as our context reshapes. I have been a priest for many years, but I also bring my experience of growing up in the Church of Ireland during the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’.

“I look forward to working with Archbishop Justin, Bishop Rose, the Cathedral Chapter and their communities to ensure our worship inspires, our prayer sustains, our action transforms us and others. , and may our witness reveal more of God’s vast kingdom of love, mercy, and peace.

“I hope that hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ and a deep openness to the whole community at large will mark all that we offer, especially as we face this difficult time of rising costs. and human difficulties.”

The Dean shares his life in a civil partnership with David Hamilton, a palliative care and bereavement counsellor. He said: “My partner David and I have had a place at Whitstable for over 20 years so we already know Kent well. We are both looking forward to getting to know the diverse communities of the county better and to visiting the seaside more often.”

Ordained in 1994

Dean David then moved to England for college where he attended St John’s College, Durham and trained for ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham.

He was ordained a priest in the Church of England (CofE) in 1994 and his ministry has taken him throughout England, including the Diocese of London, the Diocese of Birmingham and its current Diocese, the Diocese of Leicester. .

He took up his current role as Dean of Leicester in 2013.

This ministry has included the re-burial of King Richard III in 2015 and the current major redevelopment project, ‘Leicester Cathedral Revealed’, which secures and equips the cathedral for worship, witness and hospitality for the next 100 years.

He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2016 from the University of Leicester, which recognizes his role in the community.

He is currently President of the Deans’ College of the Church of England.

Welcoming the appointment of Dean David, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “I am delighted with David’s appointment as Dean of Canterbury. He was an outstanding Dean of Leicester – and his deep faith and spirituality, creativity and deep sense of service will be a gift to Canterbury Cathedral and all the communities it serves.

“We will greatly benefit from David’s experience and perspective, including his work to help diverse faiths and cultural communities live well together. I share his vision for a Canterbury Cathedral that blesses and serves the people of Canterbury, the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. I look forward to working with David and join many in praying for him over the coming months,” he concluded.

The Very Reverend Dr David Monteith will be installed as Dean of Canterbury during a service at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday December 17.

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