|The Very Revd David Monteith
Dean of Leicester
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Tel: 0116 261 5356 – David Monteith was installed as Dean of Leicester in May 2013, and currently has the lead role in the Diocese for interring the remains of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. He previously held the position of Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral, heading up the Cathedral’s pastoral and educational work. David hails originally from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. His first degree was in zoology, which was followed by postgraduate study in theology at St John’s Nottingham. David’s ministry has been largely city-based, having served in the dioceses of Birmingham (where he was ordained), London and Southwark. As Associate Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields he was heavily involved in the multi-million pound refurbishment of the church and the support of the congregation as they went through a time of enormous change. In the Diocese of Southwark, David was a Team Rector of a large team ministry in Wimbledon where the church grew in number and impact, and as Area Dean of Merton he served the church in one of London’s most diverse areas. In addition to his duties as Dean of Leicester, David is Chair of Trustees for the St Philip’s Centre, an ecumenical Christian centre fostering study and engagement in a multi-faith context. He is also a keen gardener and lover of contemporary poetry and the visual arts.
|The Revd Canon Alison Adams
Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean
Tel: 0116 261 5333 – Alison Adams has lived in Leicestershire for most of her adult life. Before coming to the Cathedral in 2013 she managed the Chaplaincy in Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution, a role she thoroughly enjoyed. Prior to that, for several years, Alison happily ran the Bloxham Project, a long-established national organisation focussing on school chaplaincy, pastoral care and spirituality. Alison’s background is teaching and, for some years, she taught locally at Beaumont Leys School, first as Head of Music and then as Head of Maths, before moving on to Nottinghamshire as a Deputy Head. Alison studied first at Girton College, Cambridge, then Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham Universities. Before his death, she was happily married to John for many years, whom she met through music. She finds it a great privilege being Grandma to five lively school-age children, whom she sees frequently and takes on holiday. Leisure activities include concerts and theatre-going, together with travel and reading.
|The Revd Canon Dr Johannes Arens
Tel: 0116 261 5364 – Dr Johannes Arens grew up in Germany and originally trained as a teacher for Music and German and worked in various secondary schools. He is married to Esther and they have two children. He was ordained in the German Old-Catholic Church (in full-communion with the Church of England) in 1996 and has been living in England since 2004. After having worked as a parish priest in Yorkshire he was appointed as Canon Precentor on Palm Sunday 2011, and is responsible for worship, music and the day-to-day running of the Cathedral.
|The Revd Canon Rosy Fairhurst
Tel: 0116 261 5345 – Rosy Fairhurst is Canon Chancellor at Leicester Cathedral, leading on education, discipleship and formation, and work with visitors to the Cathedral. Rosy has wide experience in the Church of England. She has been a priest at St Martin in the Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square and Director of Mission and Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, one of the leading colleges where future priests are trained. Rosy has also worked as an Organisational Analyst for the Grubb Institute, where she played a key role in a major research project on English Cathedrals entitled Spiritual Capital. She is a journalist and writer, whose publications include the book Uncovering Sin: Gateway to healing and calling as well as bible study notes for the Scripture Union. Rosy joins Leicester Cathedral from her previous position exploring the potential for a new monastic community at Bromley by Bow Church and Centre in the heart of London’s East End, which follows a long interest in Christian communities and in different expressions of church. Like Leicester, Bromley by Bow is one of the most diverse and multi-faith areas in the whole of England.
|The Revd Canon Karen Rooms
Canon Missioner and Transition Priest, Holy Spirit Parish (St Andrew and St Nicholas)
Tel: 0116 261 5389 – Karen Rooms leads on social outreach and engagement for the cathedral alongside responsibility for two parishes on the edge of the city centre. She moved to Leicester in September 2016 from Nottingham where she was an inner city parish priest in St Ann’s and Area Dean for Nottingham South. She was a founding leader of the Nottingham Citizens broad based alliance of 42 member institutions across faith, labour, education and the voluntary sector, who act together for the common good. Following seven years working with the Anglican Church in Moshi, Tanzania she is committed to building multi-cultural communities and seeking an authentic relationship between worship, justice and mission. She also brings a business background to her roles, and a number of years working with asylum seekers and refugees – in parish, as a trustee of the Nottingham Arimathea Housing Trust, and with Citizens UK.
|The Revd Pete Hobson
Director – Leicester Cathedral Revealed
Tel: 0116 261 5363 – Pete Hobson was ordained about as young as you’re allowed to be, back in 1976 in Manchester. He worked in two inner-city parishes in Manchester up until 1982, and was then Team Rector in Hackney Marsh until 2000 when he came to Leicester, as vicar of the Martyrs, Westcotes. From 2006 – 2008 he combined that with the job of leading the new diocesan ‘Shaped by God’ strategy, and then from 2009 took on the Cathedral Square Project, the first part of which was creating what is now St Martins House. From 2011 to 2013 he was director of St Martins House and joined the Cathedral as Acting Canon Missioner in May 2013, mainly to lead the Richard III project. He is also chair of the national Church of England Clergy Advocates, a branch of Unite the Union. Pete is married to Sue. They have 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
|The Revd Sunny George
I am the Revd Sunny George, Cathedral Curate and minister at All Saints’ Church, Belgrave. I have led All Saints’ since its opening on 10 June 2012. I received my theological education and training (BTh) from the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham in 2015 and was a teacher in an Engineering College in India before that. My wife, Pawan, is a Registered Nurse and I have three sons, aged 22, 20 and 19 years who are practising Christians and a huge help to me in my ministerial work. I don’t believe in coincidence but in ‘Godincidence’, that there is a divine design behind whatever happens in our lives – that God is always there with us, in our light as well as dark moments, meeting us both on the lighted mountain and in the darkened cave.
Diana has been a member of the congregation for over 40 years. Over this time she has experienced many different areas of Cathedral life. She has led little people Church, was a founding member of the Cathedral community committee and chaired a prayer and spirituality group, organising away days and weekend. She gained a certificate in pastoral counselling from St John’s College, Nottingham. In more recent years she has been part of a team developing the prayer life at the Cathedral. She uses her gift as a textile artist in her personal prayer life. She was commissioned by the Bishop of Leicester in 2016 with a provisional Pastoral Assistant licence.