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Last Thursday the Bishop of London announced that he has invited me to become the next Archdeacon of London in succession to the Venerable Peter Delaney who retires on 30th June this year. I will continue as Rector of St. Bride's, with the provision of extra support so that I can fulfil my new responsibilities. The archidiaconal office will continue to be based at the Old Deanery.
The office of Archdeacon of London is one of the most ancient in the City and Diocese. A mediaeval Archdeacon was actually elected Pope. Today the Archdeacon's brief extends to the Churches in the City Deanery and as the smallest, albeit the most venerable, of the London Archdeaconries has in recent times always been held in conjunction with another senior post.
I am looking forward immensely to the new challenges as Archdeacon of London, while remaining rooted in the rich and varied life of St. Bride's. I relish the prospect of working closely with the Bishop of London, the clergy and people of the City Deanery and the City Corporation in celebrating the riches of the Christian faith and the work of the Gospel in the City.
The Installation of Canon Meara will take place on Sunday 26th July at 3.15pm during Choral Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral.
The congregation is warmly invited to come to this service during which David will be installed as Archdeacon of London. There will be a gathering afterwards in the Wren Suite in the crypt for refreshments. Invitations will be available in due course.