John Arnold (priest)


John Robert Arnold, OBE (born 1 November 1933) is a retired Anglican priest and author. He served as Dean of Rochester from 1978 to 1989, and then as Dean of Durham from 1989 until his retirement in 2002.

John Arnold

Dean of Durham
Arnold in 1987
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Durham
In office1989 to 2002
PredecessorPeter Baelz
SuccessorMichael Sadgrove
Other post(s)Dean of Rochester (1978–1989)
Personal details
John Robert Arnold

(1933-11-01) 1 November 1933 (age 90)
EducationChrist's Hospital
Alma materSidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Biography edit

Arnold (left) with other Chrisitain leaders at the regional Kirchentag in East Berlin,

Arnold was educated at Christ's Hospital and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.[1]

He was ordained in 1960[2] and was then a curate at Holy Trinity, Millhouses, Sheffield then chaplain and lecturer at the University of Southampton. From 1972 to 1978 he was secretary of the Board for Mission and Unity for the General Synod of the Church of England when he became Dean of Rochester.[3] In 1989 he became Dean of Durham, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

He was a noted ecumenicist. He served as vice-president (1986-1992) and president (1992-1997) of the Conference of European Churches. His papers are currently held at the archive of the Cambridge Center For Christianity World Wide.[4] In the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to the European Ecumenical Movement".[5]

Selected works edit

  • Eucharistic Liturgy of Taizé (1962)
  • Strategist for the Spirit (1985)
  • Rochester Cathedral (1987)
  • Preaching from Cathedrals (1998)
  • Life Conquers Death (2007)

References edit

  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  3. ^ The Times, 16 November 1977, p21, "New Dean of Rochester"
  4. ^ "Archives". CCCW. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ "No. 56595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2002. p. 9.

External links edit

  •   Media related to John Robert Arnold at Wikimedia Commons
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Rochester
1978 –1989
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of Durham
1989 –2002
Succeeded by