Of her appointment, Mary said, ‘I am so delighted to be joining Coventry Cathedral as Canon for Arts and Reconciliation in its Diamond Jubilee year, and feel hugely privileged to be joining such a talented team.
‘I am excited by the rich potential of this new role to enable people to encounter afresh the God who is with us, and beyond us, who invites us to be reconciled to him, and calls us to be reconciled to one another.
‘In shaping this role, I look forward to building on the cathedral and diocese’s rich legacy of working for reconciliation, and to discern what this work might look like for this next chapter of our shared vocation, especially as we view it more closely through the lens of the cathedral’s arts offering.
‘I hope to draw on my experiences of working in the Prison Service with those seeking to be reconciled to themselves, to the survivors of their crimes, and to society, and on my life-long engagement with poetry, art and music.’
Prior to ordination, Mary worked for the Prison Service for ten years, latterly as Deputy Governor of HMP and YOI Moorland near Doncaster.
The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry, said, ‘We are really looking forward to welcoming Mary into our team here in Coventry. All those who met here were inspired by her imaginative ideas for taking forward the ministry here, and her ability to engage with a wide variety of partners in drawing people into joint projects for the good of the church and community. Mary’s experience both before and after ordination will naturally equip her well for stepping into this new area of work, and I know she is looking forward to getting to know our many diverse networks here and beyond Coventry.’
As Canon for Arts and Reconciliation Ministry, Mary will have particular responsibility to work with our outstanding team to develop the creative mission opportunities offered by our unique buildings, which bring together the arts and reconciliation in an extraordinary story, which continues today.
Mary will be joining the Cathedral in March. She is currently Team Rector of the Flagstaff Family of Churches, and Rural Mission Enabler, in the Diocese of Leicester. She has previously worked in the Diocese of Sheffield as parish priest, Dean of Women’s Ministry and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands.