Diocese of Portsmouth

    New Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean announced

    18 June 2023

    BISHOP Jonathan has announced that the Rev Harriet Neale-Stevens has been appointed as Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral.

    Harriet is currently Rector of Harting with Elsted and Treyford cum Didling in the Diocese of Chichester. Harriet says, “I am delighted to be joining the team at the cathedral and the Diocese of Portsmouth. 

    "The role of Canon Chancellor is such an exciting one, combining as it does, learning, participation, and the arts, in the work of building up and growing the community of faith, and seeking to draw others into the life of God through the cathedral’s witness and mission. It is a wonderful time to be joining the cathedral community, as the new vision begins to take off, and I look forward with excitement and anticipation to the years ahead.”

    The Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Rev Anthony Cane, said, “Harriet is an outstanding priest with a deep understanding of cathedral life and ministry. I am delighted at the substantial gifts and experience she will bring to Portsmouth, and the leadership of our work in learning, teaching and the arts, and in congregational discipleship and growth.”

    Bishop Jonathan said of Harriet’s appointment, “I am delighted by this appointment; Harriet will bring her musical background and theological gifts to the work of Canon Chancellor. It is a joy to welcome her into the life of our diocese and Cathedral Church.”

    Harriet grew up worshipping in a cathedral community and first experienced a calling to priesthood as a teenager. She studied music at university, followed by a Masters in History of Art, and worked in the arts and charity sector before having a family. As an adult member of another cathedral community a call to priesthood resurfaced and she went on to train for ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge. 

    Harriet has most recently been the rector of Harting with Elsted and Treyford cum Didling, a benefice of three churches on the edge of the Chichester Diocese. During her time there she has enjoyed building up the three congregations by developing a varied pattern of worship, including starting a popular monthly All Age Eucharist, and a Shepherds’ Eucharist, unique to the downland Shepherds’ Church in her care, developing discussion groups and collaborative community projects. 

    She has been an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands (ADDO) in the Chichester Diocese, a member of Diocesan Synod, and a school governor for Harting CE Primary School. Harriet is married to Simon and they have two teenage children, two dogs and a cat. Harriet enjoys walking the downs and the south coast, and is a keen, but out of practice, trumpet player!

    Harriet will be installed as Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean at the cathedral on Sunday 17th September, at 5:45pm.

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