Dean of Guildford's installation this Sunday
The installation of the new Dean of Guildford, the Revd Canon Dianna Gwilliams, is taking place this weekend on Sunday 15, at 3pm.
Dianna, who was described by the Bishop of Guildford as an â€˜outstanding candidateâ€™ at interview, leaves her current positions as vicar of St Barnabasâ€™ Church, Dulwich, and foundation chaplain of Alleynâ€™s College of Godâ€™s Gift, Dulwich, to become one of the most senior female priests in the Church of England.
The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, said: â€œI am delighted to welcome Dianna to be the new Dean of Guildford.
â€œShe was an outstanding candidate at interview. The cathedral faces great challenges in the future and I have the utmost confidence in Diannaâ€™s ability to lead an already excellent team.
â€œWe look forward to a new era in the life of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, both within our diocese and more importantly in the wider community of Surrey and North East Hampshire as well as Guildford itself.â€
Originally from Colorado, then California in the USA, Dianna moved to England 35 years ago and was ordained deacon in 1992 and priest in 1994 in Southwark Diocese. She served two curacies in the diocese and has been vicar at Dulwich since 1999.
She has also been an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral since 2006 and has served as area dean and as diocesan Dean of Womenâ€™s Ministry.
Dianna said: â€œI feel hugely privileged to have been invited to serve as the next Dean of Guildford. Iâ€™m really looking forward to joining the Chapter, congregation and Cathedral Council as we participate enthusiastically in the part of the mission of God with which we are entrusted; and to work closely with the Bishops and clergy of Guildford so as to support the mission of God in the parishes and chaplaincies in the diocese.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t know England when I came here, but I fell in love with it and Iâ€™m sure the same thing will happen with Guildford. The Cathedral is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it - but I love it, particularly on the inside!â€
Dianna has a particular passion for work with young people - she gained an MA from Kingâ€™s College, London in Youth Ministry and Theological Education - and for education, both formal and informal.
She is also chair of Inclusive Church, an organisation committed to working for a Church that is welcoming and open to all and which seeks to raise awareness about the ways that people feel excluded by the Church.
In the community Dianna has been involved with local regeneration, community provision of education and health care and as a school governor.
â€œI am very grateful for the colleagues and friends in Southwark Diocese with whom I have worked, and look forward to getting to know the people of the Cathedral and Diocese of Guildford.â€ Dianna said.