More than 250 people packed into Bangor Cathedral this weekend to welcome their new Dean.
Kathy Jones was installed as the 57th Dean of Bangor by the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, on Saturday. And history was made as she became the first Dean in Wales to be inducted as Leader of a Ministry Area – the new ‘super parishes’ being set up across the country as part of the Church in Wales’ 2020 vision strategy for growth. Kathy will lead the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area which takes in all of the city of Bangor. She will have oversight of the mission and ministry of the Eglwys y Groes (Maesgeirchen) and St. Peter’s Church (Penrhosgarnedd), as well as the Cathedral.
Welcoming the new Dean, Bishop Andy said, “I am delighted to welcome Kathy and look forward to working with her and the Cathedral Chapter as we seek to follow Christ together.”
He said, “I was so moved when I read of Christians here helping in the world around us – working with refugees, holding sleep-outs to raise money so that blankets, medicines and all kinds of everyday gifts could be put in the hands of this who have nothing.
“Kathy, you are called to remind us that welcome is at the heart of the Gospel. Be inventive, be creative, be dangerous- shock us with the risks and the wonder of what that means in this place so that we are challenged to do likewise for God.”
During the service, Bishop Andy also commissioned the new Ministry Area team.
Civic leaders and ecumenical guests joined the service. The choir sang a setting of the Mass by Joseph Haydn and also verses from the historic Bangor Pontifical.
Dean Kathy said, “I feel very privileged and honoured to have been called back to my home Diocese. I am very much looking forward to working with the Cathedral and churches of the City of Bangor, as well as my colleagues and the wider community, as we journey together as pilgrim people.”
Brought up in Corris, north of Machynlleth, Kathy was ordained in the Diocese of Bangor in 1992. She was a curate in Holyhead before moving to Bangor to be the Chaplain at Ysbyty Gwynedd. She was vicar of Betws y Coed, before moving back into hospital ministry as a chaplain at hospitals in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Kathy was Lead Chaplain of the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where she was responsible for managing a multi-faith team of 16 chaplains and 120 volunteers working within a specialist emergency care hospital, three general hospitals and six community hospitals throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside.
She is married to Paul who is also a priest.
The photo shows Dean Kathy with the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John.