​Revd Canon Dr Ray Cleary and Revd Dr Ruth Redpath

Archbishop Philip Freier has appointed the Revd Canon Dr Ray Cleary as Acting Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Revd Dr Ruth Redpath named Acting Precentor.

Dr Freier’s announcements on 31 January followed the resignation, for personal reasons, of Bishop Mark Burton as Dean a week earlier and the appointment late last year of the former Precentor, the Revd Rachel McDougall, as Vicar of St John’s Bentleigh.

“I am satisfied that Canon Cleary and Dr Redpath will provide very good leadership and management for this interim situation,” Archbishop Freier said.

“I believe we are fortunate to have two people who are already an important part of our Cathedral to take on these roles.”
The Archbishop said the recruitment process for the next Dean would commence almost immediately.

Dr Cleary, who was ordained in 1986 and has been a member of the Cathedral Chapter since 1998, is Sambell Lecturer in Pastoral and Public Theology and Director of Ministry Formation at Trinity Theological School, Parkville.

He was the CEO of Anglicare Victoria, the largest Church-based children, youth and family services agency in the state, from 2000 to 2010 and Chair of Anglicare Australia from 2005-10.

Dr Cleary also served as a member, and later as Chair, of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee from 1993-2010.

In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Anglican Church and to the community.

Dr Redpath, who has been an Associate Priest of St Paul’s Cathedral for two years, was ordained in 2007 after a long career in Melbourne and London as a surgeon and leading radiation oncologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the great London hospitals of St Bartholomew’s and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and, after her return to Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. She helped establish Dandenong Palliative Care Service, now South East Palliative Care, and served as President of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria.

For 15 years in London, she was a member of the historic London church of All Souls’, Langham Place, when renowned evangelical leader, the Revd Dr John Stott, was Rector.

Dr Redpath served her curacy at St Andrew’s Brighton and, from 2008-09, was Priest in Charge of St Aidan’s Carrum with St Barnabas’ Seaford.




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