Rev Canon Dr Andrew Jonathan Braddock, Interim Dean of Gloucester, was revealed this week as the new Dean of Norwich. One of his first appointments was to visit St Martins, with a short tour of Bishopbridge House and a chat with some of our residents. We are looking forward to welcoming Dean Andrew and working alongside him over the forthcoming years.
His appointment follows the retirement of the Very Rev Jane Hedges, the 39th Dean of Norwich, in May this year.
It is a welcome return to Norfolk for Canon Andrew, aged 51, and his wife Victoria, 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.
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 Rev Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, said: “I am delighted that Rev 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.”
Pictured above is Canon Andrew during his visit to Bishopbridge House. Picture by Bill Smith/Norwich Cathedral