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New Archdeacon of Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark

9 months ago

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed the Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett as the next Archdeacon of Croydon. She will take up her new role in the spring. Rosemarie Mallett is currently Vicar of St John, Angell Town and Director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation department (JPIC) in the Diocese of Southwark.

Rosemarie trained for the ministry at South Eastern Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), (now known as St Augustine’s College) and was ordained in 2004. She served her curacy at Christ Church, Brixton in the Diocese of Southwark and became Priest-in-Charge of St John, Angell Town in 2007, becoming Vicar in 2013; the same year in which she also became an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral. Rosemarie has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England since 2010. Prior to ordination, Rosemarie obtained a PhD in Sociology and worked as a senior researcher and honorary lecturer and in the field of BAME Mental Health.

Speaking of her appointment, Canon Rosemarie Mallett comments, ‘I am humbled and excited at taking up this new role and very much look forward to this next stage of my ministry in the Diocese. I am looking forward to getting to know Croydon and better understand the context of ministry in a mix of peri-urban and town centre parishes. I hope to be able to fully utilise my experiences of parish ministry and senior leadership to support our parishes and people, and work to further the Diocesan vision of generosity, inclusion and mutual commitment as we journey and grow together in the love of Christ’. 

The Bishop of Southwark comments, ‘I am delighted that Canon Rosemarie Mallett will be joining a very effective team of Archdeacons and will bring exceptional gifts and experience to the parishes and people of the Croydon Archdeaconry. Rosemarie’s work and commitment to the community in Angell Town has been transformational, particularly as a role model to young BAME people in Brixton. As the first Director of JPIC for the Diocese, her work on community cohesion and combating youth violence is making a difference to the lives of many.’     

The Bishop of Croydon, The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, comments, ‘We very much look forward to Rosemarie becoming part of the Croydon team and bringing her many gifts and skills to the work of the Archdeaconry. Croydon is a place full of challenge and opportunity, diverse and undergoing significant change. All of us in the Area, and especially in the Archdeaconry, look forward to working together with her in shared mission and ministry as we embody the Southwark Vision - walking, welcoming and growing together as disciples of Jesus.’


Notes for Editors:

The New Archdeacon, The Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett will attend the All Saints Day Eucharist at Croydon Minster at 8.30am on Friday 1 November with the Bishop of Croydon, the Area Deans and Lay Chairs of the Archdeaconry and other Croydon Area staff members. The service will be followed by an opportunity for her to meet with the Area Deans and Lay Chairs of the Archdeaconry.

Short Biography: Rosemarie Mallett

1977 - 1981            Sussex University, BA (Hons) History and French

1991 – 1994            Warwick University, PhD Sociology

2001 – 2004            South Eastern Institute for Theological Education (SEITE) Certificate in Christian Theology and  Diploma in Christian Theology and Ministry

2004                       Ordained Deacon           

2004 – 2007            Curate, Brixton, Christ Church, Diocese of Southwark

2005                       Ordained Priest

2005 – Present        Southwark Diocesan Synod member and clergy chair (2016 till present)

2006 – 2018            Convenor, Kingston Area Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Committee (KMEACC)

2007 - 2013            Priest-in-Charge, Angell Town, St John, Diocese of Southwark

2007 – 2019            Former Chair, Board of Governors, St John’s Primary School, Brixton, London

2007 – Present        Member, Lambeth Council Community Leadership Network

2008 – 2013            Member, Diocesan Liturgical Committee

2010 – Present        Proctor, General Synod

2011 – 2015            Member, Liturgical Commission (Archbishop’s Council Representative)       

2012 – 2014            Member, Archbishop’s Council, Women in the Episcopate Committee

2012 – 2015            Trustee, Inclusive Church ensuring that inclusive also means diversity in all shades

2012 – 2017            Former chair, St Martins in the Field Girls C of E High School for Girls School, Tulse Hill, London

2012 - Present        Member, Archbishop’s Council, Turning Up The Volume (TUTV) Committee

2012 – Present        Chair at North Brixton Big Local Group

2012 – Present        Affirming Catholicism, Former Chair of the Board, pioneered the recent web and rebranding

2013 - Present        Vicar, Angell Town, St John, Diocese of Southwark

2013 - Present        Trustee, Together Southwark

2015                       Honorary Canon, Southwark Cathedral

2016 – Present        Member, Mission and Public Affairs Committee, the Archbishop’s Council, Church of England

2016 – Present        Equalities Commissioner at Lambeth Council

2017 – Present        Member, Pastoral Advisory Group, House of Bishops, Church of England

2018 – Present        Member, Implementation and Dialogue Group, Archbishop’s Council.