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21 August 2014

Following the retirement of Canon David Pritchard, Ely Cathedral have announced that the Revd Dr Victoria Johnson has been appointed as the new Residentiary Canon. Vicky, who will be the first female Residentiary Canon in the Cathedral's history, is currently priest-in-charge of the parish of St. Michael, Flixton in the Diocese of Manchester, which during her time there has been designated a 'growing church' in the dioceses.

Before training for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, Vicky gained a Doctorate in Biochemistry. As well as being a deeply rooted parish priest, Vicky has assisted in the Manchester Diocese with vocational and strategy work. She is also a tutor for the College of Preachers, a member of the Mission Theology Advisory Group and the Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England.

The Chapter and staff at the Cathedral are delighted with the news, which is reflected in a statement by the Dean, the Very Revd Mark Bonney. "I am thrilled that the Bishop has appointed Vicky Johnson as a Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral. We had a large and strong field of candidates and Vicky was the unanimous choice of all involved in the interview process. She brings significant experience in areas of parish and community growth and development and we are hugely looking forward to having her working with us."

Outside her work, Vicky loves music, especially singing and has recently discovered the delights of opera. She also enjoys walking, real-ale, all things French and her dog, who is called Percy. Vicky will be moving to Ely after Easter, and will officially be installed as a Residentiary Canon on Saturday 25 April at Evensong.

Vicky says "I am really delighted to be coming to serve the congregation and community at Ely Cathedral and I hope that together we can continue to respond to God's mission for this place and joyfully live out our vocation through worship, outreach, welcome and care. I am a little nervous, but also excited and ask for your prayers both for myself and the wonderful parish in Manchester which I am leaving. I look forward to getting to know you all in the near future and serving God in faith, hope and love."