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Appointment of a New Dean:
The Bishop of Dunedin, along with the Diocesan and Cathedral Board of Nominators, are delighted to announce that the Reverend Dr Tony Curtis SCP has been offered and has accepted the post of Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Paul’s, Dunedin.
Fr Tony is currently the Vicar of Shiremoor in Newcastle Diocese, England, and with his wife – Rachel Slade – and their two children - Gabriel and Ziva – are hoping to move to New Zealand as soon as visas and accommodation can be arranged.
In conversation and at interview Fr Tony spoke of the sense of ‘call’ he experienced when first reading the job description, and the need to respond in prayer and exploration. This sense of call has not gone away!
Fr Tony has experience in connecting the church with Civic and social justice movements in the United Kingdom, and has delighted in introducing, and involving, children with church. He has a long history of involvement with church choral music – at his Cambridge College and in Newcastle Cathedral. He has just completed a PhD in theology at Durham University, and would like to further develop the links between academic theology and practical church life.
The family has recently visited Dunedin, and they all have a sense of excitement about moving here.
Bishop Steven Benford says: “I believe Fr Tony will be an asset to the ongoing life of the Cathedral and will contribute positively to both the Diocese and the wider New Zealand Church. I am delighted to be able to welcome Fr Tony, Rachel and their family to the Diocese."
There will be further announcements once a formal date for Licensing and Installation has been arranged.