Bishop of Ely appoints cathedral’s first female resident canon

PUBLISHED: 09:11 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:11 06 January 2015

The Revd Dr Vicky Johnson, who is to take up the post of Canon Residentiary at Ely Cathedral

The Revd Dr Vicky Johnson, who is to take up the post of Canon Residentiary at Ely Cathedral


Ely Cathedral has appointed its first female resident canon.

Following the retirement of Canon David Pritchard, the cathedral announced that Rev Dr Victoria Johnson has been appointed as the new canon residentiary.

Vicky, who will be the first female resident canon in the cathedral’s history, is currently priest-in-charge of the parish of St Michael, Flixton in Manchester.

Before training for the priesthood at Westcott House, in 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 Dean of Ely, the Very Revd Mark Bonney, said: “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.”

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, April 25, at Evensong.

Vicky said: “I am a little nervous, but also excited, and ask for your prayers, both for myself, and the wonderful parish in Manchester I am leaving. I look forward to getting to know you all in the near future and serving God in faith, hope and love.’

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