Area Dean to take up post at Leicester Cathedral

Karen RoomsThe Revd Karen Rooms, Vicar of St Ann’s with Emmanuel and Area Dean for Nottingham South, has been appointed Canon Missioner of Leicester Cathedral and Transition Priest in the city’s Holy Spirit Team.

Her new role will involve developing the ministries of these city centre parishes, connecting with the communities and building the congregations.

Also as a Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral, Karen will oversee and help to develop the social outreach ministry with asylum seekers, homeless people and other vulnerable groups.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, said: “We are immensely thankful for Karen’s strategic leadership in this diocese as Vicar of St Ann’s with Emmanuel, Nottingham, Area Dean of Nottingham South and a member of Bishop’s Council. Karen has an engaging vision for urban ministry and the Church’s mission in the transformation of society.

“In this she has made a substantial contribution to developing the Church’s presence, helping to renew communities across the city, including through the work of Nottingham Citizens. I know she will bring wisdom, energy and passion to this new role as Canon Missioner and City Centre Transition Priest in Leicester.”

Karen, who helped to set up Nottingham Citizens and co-chairs the national Citizens UK Council, said: “I look forward to joining the parish and cathedral teams and to building relationships and working with different communities for the common good in Leicester. I am excited by the opportunities we share to explore worship, mission and justice and make a difference in the city.”

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted to announce this key appointment to strengthen our team and forge further partnerships in the city-centre churches.”

Karen is married to Nigel who is also a priest and they have two adult sons, Joe and Ally.