The Cathedral Clergy

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. David is a keen gardener and lover of contemporary poetry and the visual arts.

The Revd Canon Alison Adams
Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean
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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. She has been 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
Canon Precentor
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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
Canon Chancellor
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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
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Tel:  0116 261 5389

Karen has a trace of a Glaswegian accent from the city of her childhood but moved to Nottingham in 1974. Together with husband Nigel and their two boys they lived and worked as mission partners in Leicester’s link diocese, the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, from 1994-2001, where Karen set up The Coffee Shop business in Moshi. On return to the UK she was ordained in 2006, serving a curacy in multi-cultural Hyson Green and working with asylum seekers and refugees.

She comes to Leicester from serving as vicar in the inner city parish of Nottingham St Ann’s, and Area Dean of Nottingham South. She is taking up her appointment as City Centre Transition Priest of Holy Spirit Parish (St Andrew’s & St Nicholas’) and Canon Missioner at the Cathedral with particular enthusiasms for Wittertainment and U2.

The Revd Pete Hobson
Director – Leicester Cathedral Revealed
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Tel:  0116 261 5363Pete Hobson was ordained in 1976 in Manchester where he worked in two inner-city parishes, and from 1982-2000 was a Team Rector in Hackney Marsh, east London. He moved to Leicester as vicar of the Martyrs, Westcotes and from 2006 – 2008 combined that with the job of initiating the new diocesan ‘Shaped by God’ strategy. From 2009 he oversaw the Cathedral Square Project, which created Cathedral Gardens and St Martins House, and from 2011 to 2013 was the first director of St Martins House. In May 2013 Pete joined the Cathedral to direct the work leading to the reinterment of Richard III in March 2015, and then stayed on as Director of Leicester Cathedral Revealed.  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 8 grandchildren.