North East Healthcare Chaplain to be Dean of Bangor Cathedral


The Revd Kathy JonesThe Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, is pleased to announce that the Reverend Kathy Jones (pictured) has been appointed as Dean of Bangor and Ministry Area Leader of the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area.

She will be responsible for leading the mission and ministry of St Deiniol's Cathedral, Eglwys y Groes (Maesgeirchen) and St Peter's (Penrhosgarnedd) in the City of Bangor, North Wales.

Brought up in Corris, north of Machynlleth in Mid-Wales, 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 is presently Lead Chaplain of the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where she is responsible for managing a multi-faith team of 16 chaplains and 120 volunteers working within a specialist emergency care hospital, 3 general hospitals and 6 community hospitals throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Commenting on her new appointment, the Reverend Kathy Jones 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.”

The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, said, “I am delighted that the Reverend Kathy Jones will be returning to her home Diocese to be the next Dean of Bangor. Kathy will bring strong pastoral skills to this new challenge thanks to the depth of her experience as a senior cleric in the Health Service. She is well known to the Diocese having served in Holyhead, Bangor as well as Betws y Coed. As a fluent Welsh speaker she will be able to communicate effectively with all the congregations entrusted to her care and to the wider Diocese too. I look forward to working closely with Kathy in the new year.”

Acting Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Frank White, said, “Kathy has been recognised as a gifted and able hospital chaplain in a wide variety of settings during her nine years of fulfilling her priestly calling with us in the Diocese of Newcastle. We wish her well in her return to her native Wales and to the Cathedral and Diocese of Bangor. The Church in Wales is rising to new challenges and Kathy is an excellent choice as Dean, given the constant testing of the faith of all who undertake such vital ministry in our hospitals. We will miss Kathy's generous and hospitable presence in the world of healthcare in this region as well as her leadership of her dedicated team of colleagues. She will go with our gratitude and our prayers.”

Kathy is married to Paul, who is also a Priest. It is expected that she will be installed as Dean of Bangor and Bro Deiniol Ministry Area Leader at a service in Bangor Cathedral at the beginning of 2016.


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