The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock is to become the 40th Dean of Norwich. The announcement was today made by Downing Street after Her Majesty The Queen approved the appointment.
Canon Andrew, 51, is currently the Interim Dean of Gloucester and will take up the role of Dean of Norwich at the end of January. His appointment follows the retirement of the Very Revd Jane Hedges, the 39th Dean of Norwich, in May this year.
It is a welcome return to Norfolk for Canon Andrew who spent his first ten years of public ministry in the Diocese of Norwich. Ordained in Norwich Cathedral in 1998, he served his curacy in the parishes of Ranworth with Panxworth, Woodbastwick, South Walsham and Upton. In 2001, Andrew was appointed Rector of Cringleford and Colney, taking up the additional role of Rural Dean of Humbleyard in 2004.
In 2008, Andrew was appointed Diocesan Missioner in the Diocese of Gloucester and, in 2013, he became Canon Missioner of Gloucester Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry. Andrew was commissioned as Interim Dean of Gloucester in April 2022.
Canon Andrew said: “It is a joy to be returning to Norwich after a rewarding period of ministry in Gloucester. Norwich Cathedral is a remarkable place and one I have a deep affection for having been ordained in the Cathedral and shared in its life during my time in Norfolk. I look forward to building on all that has been achieved under Dean Jane’s leadership, continuing to develop the Cathedral’s Benedictine ethos as a place of Christian worship, welcome, learning and service at the heart of the city, county and diocese.”
The Rt Revd Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich, said: “I am delighted that The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock is to be the next Dean of Norwich. Andrew will bring much to the life of Norwich Cathedral from his experience at Gloucester, as well as supporting the wider mission and ministry of the diocese. He has a strong record of supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society and I am sure will make a significant contribution to the life of the city. In many ways this is a returning home to Norwich, where he was ordained, served his curacy and first incumbency, and I look forward to welcoming him, Victoria and their children in the new year.”
he Revd Dr Peter Doll, Norwich Cathedral’s Vice Dean and Canon Librarian, and who is currently the Acting Dean, said: “The Chapter and cathedral community welcome Canon Andrew’s appointment to be Dean of Norwich. From his previous ministry in this diocese and at Gloucester Cathedral, he brings a lived experience and appreciation of Norfolk and of the distinctive rhythms of cathedral life. We look forward to working with him to deepen and broaden Norwich Cathedral’s witness and service to the diocese, city, and county.”
Canon Andrew will be installed as the 40th Dean of Norwich at a special service at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 28 January 2023 at 2pm. In the meantime, Canon Peter will continue in the role of Acting Dean. Canon Andrew will be attending Evensong at the Cathedral today (Tues 6 Sept) at 5.30pm and all are very welcome to attend.
More information about Canon Andrew’s appointment can be found here