Bishop Melissa Skelton is pleased to appoint the Reverend Helen Dunn as Vicar (Assistant to the Dean and Rector) of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver BC. She will begin her new ministry on September 1, 2017.
Helen currently serves as Assistant to the Dean at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary Alberta, a position she has held since her ordination in February 2013. Educated at St. John’s College Durham University U.K. and Briercrest College in Caronport Saskatchewan, her broad theological perspective will complement the Cathedral’s vision of Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds. Her M.A. from Durham was conferred with distinction; the title of her dissertation was “Mary as Intersexed Body of the Church.” At Briercrest College she worked in academic administration, managing budget and working in governance.
In her time in Calgary, Helen has collaborated on a Deanery Youth Confirmation Program, served on the Bishop’s Committee for Developing a Pastoral Service for Committed Same Sex Partnerships and was delegate to the Provincial Synod of the Province of Rupert’s Land in 2015. She ably led the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer during the Dean’s sabbatical in 2015. She will continue in her work as Chair of the Planning Committee for the 2018 Canadian Anglican-Lutheran Young Clergy Conference. Helen has founded the
Disability Gospel Project, promoting commentary on the gospels submitted by disabled people.
In her application to the diocese she described herself as a “priest who delights in choral music and liturgy; she seeks to preach relevant biblically-grounded sermons; pastors people to respond to the Spirit of God moving within; inspires spiritual growth through theological education, believes that leadership is collaborative and built from the ground up.” The Cathedral’s Canonical Committee was unanimous in discerning that Helen’s gifts and skills in ministry are what is needed as we
embrace the future.
Helen writes, “Christ Church Cathedral is an inspiring parish led by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. I feel honoured to join the Cathedral community as its next Vicar!”