General News

A New Dean of St Edmundsbury

The Bishop is delighted to announce the new Dean of St Edmundsbury. The Bishop writes:

Sunday 30 May 2010

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce that the Reverend Canon Dr Frances Ward is to be the new Dean of St Edmundsbury. Currently a Residentiary Canon and Canon Theologian at Bradford Cathedral, Frances is responsible for all the worship. She has also taken a prominent role developing dialogue between the Church and the Muslim communities in that multi cultural city and is currently writing a book on the subject.

Previously she was a vicar in the Diocese of Manchester, at the other Bury in Lancashire. She has done various jobs in parishes and as an educator since she was ordained in 1989. This includes teaching for the United Reformed Church at the Northern College in Manchester.  

“Suffolk holds real attractions for me,” says Canon Ward. “As a child I sailed the estuaries of Suffolk and North Essex, and will relish rediscovering this beautiful part of Britain, and serving the town of Bury St Edmunds and the diocese as Dean. The Diocese and Cathedral will celebrate their centenary in 2014 and already all sorts of ideas are shaping to make that a year to remember,” she says.

I am delighted that Frances is coming to the Cathedral at this very exciting time. She is a person of real spiritual depth with an ability to relate well to all the communities the Church serves.

Frances is married to Peter, who is a Consultant Paediatrician, and they have four children, Matilda (23), Jonty (21), Theo (18) and Hugh (12) and a dog called Phoebe. She will move to Suffolk in late summer and will be installed as Dean on Saturday 16 October 2010 at 2.30 p.m.

I know that you will share in my excitement at this appointment and will be ready to support Canon Ward with your prayers and good wishes both now and in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Bishop Nigel.


Additional information:

You can download the Bishop's letter in PDF form here

The Diocesan website