​The Reverend Dr Andreas Loewe

The Reverend Dr Andreas Loewe, the Senior Chaplain of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, is to be the new Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne.

Dr Loewe, 39, succeeds Bishop Mark Burton, who resigned earlier this year.

The second youngest dean in the 165-year history of the Diocese of Melbourne, he will be installed as Dean by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, in St Paul’s on a date to be announced.

Andreas Loewe was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in the historic German university city of Heidelberg. He was educated in the UK and is a permanent resident in Australia.

He is married to Dr Katherine Firth, an Academic Skills Adviser at the University of Melbourne, a visiting research fellow at Trinity College and an Examining Chaplain for the Diocese of Melbourne. Dr Firth’s parents, Len and Jill, are both priests in Melbourne.

Dr Loewe, who is also Gavan Lecturer in Theology at Trinity, was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Oxford in 2001 and a priest in 2002. He has served in parishes in the UK in Slough and at the University Church of Great St Mary’s Cambridge, where he established a large and active ‘Fresh Expression’ of church in the Michaelhouse Centre.

He is keen to work with groups of people in leading, nurturing, resourcing and building up the congregations of the Cathedral; enabling them to reach out to under-represented constituencies through established and Fresh Expressions of Church; and encouraging people from many diverse backgrounds in discovering their own gifts and responding to God’s call in their lives.

The Chapter (governing body) of the Cathedral last week elected Dr Loewe to be the 15th Dean of Melbourne since 1847. This senior role in the Anglican Church is not only of significance for the Diocese of Melbourne but it liaises closely with the City of Melbourne. The Dean is responsible for both the pastoral leadership of the Cathedral ministry as well as its outreach programs.

Dr Loewe’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts in Theology (1st Class Honours), Master of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History and Master of Arts from Oxford University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society UK in recognition of his academic contribution to Church History.

In announcing the appointment, Archbishop Freier said: “I am impressed with the Chapter’s decision to bring about generational change in the Cathedral’s leadership. Andreas Loewe will bring energy and theological acumen to this important role, for the great benefit of both the Church and the City of Melbourne.”

Dr Loewe said he was keen to contribute to the life of St Paul’s as a “flourishing, growing and welcoming space in the heart of the city”.

“I am very honoured and I am delighted. I very much look forward to joining the Cathedral team,” he said.

The new Dean first saw St Paul’s at Christmas 2000, on his first visit to Melbourne with Dr Firth.

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