Issued 25.11.12 For immediate use
The Archdeacon of Richmond, the Venerable Janet Henderson, is to leave North Yorkshire and return to her Welsh roots to take up one of the most senior roles in the Church in Wales.
Janet, who gave up nursing to be ordained more than twenty years ago, has been appointed as the new Dean of Llandaff, the first woman to hold the office. She will move to Cardiff after five years as Archdeacon of Richmond with responsibility for the northern half of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. For four years she also served as a Residentiary Canon of Ripon Cathedral.
Originally from Neath, Janet, 55, grew up in Llandrindod Wells and Aberystwyth and is a former pupil of Howell’s School, Llandaff. She learned Welsh at secondary school and is a keen amateur musician.
Announcing her appointment today (Sunday), the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, “I am delighted to appoint Janet as the new Dean of Llandaff. She has a wide experience of city and Cathedral ministry and I am sure she will make a huge contribution to the life and society of Llandaff – a place with which she is already very familiar.”
Janet who is married to Dave, an IT Performance Specialist with IBM, said she would miss the people of North Yorkshire. “It will be a wrench for Dave and I to leave Yorkshire, especially at this time of transition with the proposals for the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales yet to be voted on. This is a truly wonderful part of the world and I have grown to love the Dales, the moors, the towns, the Vale of York, the parts of County Durham I have covered and the people who are so kind and neighbourly. Many of our churches here are lively and forward-looking and they make a big difference, punching above their weight in numbers in their communities.”
The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, Rt Revd John Packer, paid tribute to Janet’s work as Archdeacon. “Janet has been an outstanding archdeacon with a real love for people and an ability to listen and to lead. As the first woman archdeacon of the Northern Province she has been able to be a particular encouragement to women in ministry. We wish her well in this calling to leadership of a cathedral.”
Janet will start her new role following her installation at Llandaff Cathedral in March. She said, “I am thrilled and humbled to have been appointed as the next Dean of Llandaff Cathedral and Vicar of the parish. The cathedral is a couple of miles from the centre of Cardiff which is a vibrant city, the seat of Welsh government and a hub of Welsh culture and sport. The cathedral is on a Christian site that is 1500 years old and the challenge is to offer effective Christian worship, welcome and outreach in this setting.”
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