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First-ever female archdeacon set for Norwich

2008: JanMcFarlaneThe Bishop of Norwich has announced the appointment of the first female archdeacon ever to be appointed to the Diocese of Norwich.
The Revd Jan McFarlane, 43, currently Director of Communications and Bishop’s Chaplain in the Diocese, is to be the next Archdeacon of Norwich, while continuing her role as Diocesan Director of Communications.

Jan will become the most senior female appointment ever in the Norwich Diocese and will succeed the Venerable Clifford Offer, who retires from full-time ministry at the beginning of August.
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, said, “Jan is exceptionally able and has had a high profile in Norwich and the wider diocese over the past eight years. She is much appreciated for her work with parishes and through the local media and her new role as Archdeacon will enable this to develop further. She will be the first female priest to take up such a senior position in this diocese and I'm sure she will be a great support to clergy and lay people alike.”

Jan will become one of only 9 females among the 112 archdeacons in the Church of England. The Archdeaconry of Norwich covers Norwich and greater Norwich and comprises 42 parishes and 50 full and part-time clergy.
Jan trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham and was ordained at Lichfield Cathedral in 1993. She served in the Stafford Team Ministry and at Ely Cathedral before moving to the Diocese of Norwich to take up the post of full time Communications Officer. The following year, her role was combined with that of Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich, and she has held both posts for the past eight years. She is also one of the Diocesan representatives on the Church of England’s General Synod. Before ordination she worked as a Speech Therapist in the NHS in North Staffordshire. 
Commenting on her appointment, she said, “I am honoured to accept the invitation to be the next Archdeacon of Norwich. Norwich is a vibrant and friendly city and I’m delighted that I will be able to continue to serve the clergy and the people of the diocese in such a challenging and yet exciting new role.”
Jan will take up her new appointment early next year.
An archdeacon is a senior member of the clergy responsible to the diocesan bishop for an archdeaconry. The archdeacon shares with the bishop the pastoral care of the clergy and undertakes much of the practical, legal and administrative work involved in the mission and ministry of a diocese.
Pictured above is Rev Jan McFarlane.


(Guest) 20/06/2008 18:24
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margaret rose (Guest) 21/06/2008 12:38
I congratulate Jan on her history making appointment. May God bless hr in her new post.
Sue Capps-Jenner (Guest) 21/06/2008 13:40
Congratulation Jan on your new appointment. You are the best one for the job
steve foyster (Guest) 22/06/2008 14:30
Well done Jan,absolutely brilliant!
The right choice and we've got someone with great sense of humour.
There's hope for the C of E yet!!
With prayers for the new role.
Rev Mark Edwards (Guest) 27/06/2008 12:42
Hi Jan

just wanted to say I am pleased for you and wish you well in your new post.

( Mark Cranmer Hall 1991-95.) Bishop John Pritchard (JLP ) will be beaming from ear to ear.
Mogs Bazely (Guest) 11/07/2008 10:05
Thank you Jan for being a model of grace, wisdom and patience and a great pioneer.
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