OUR NEW RECTOR, FR SIMON MARK AIKEN. 

Fr Simon was born in England in October 1962. He qualified with a Master of Theology degree from St Andrew's University(1985) and a Certificate in Theology from Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford(1986-1988). He was made a deacon (1988) and ordained as a priest (1989) in the Diocese of Blackburn. 

Fr Simon served curacies, 1988-1994, at St Matthew with Holy Trinity, Burnley, and St Anne’s at St Annes-on-Sea. Subsequently he was vicar respectively at St Thomas the Apostle, Musbury, Helmshore(1994-1999), and at St Lawrence with St Paul, Longridge, north east of the city of Preston(1999-2006).

Fr Simon became involved with the Royal School of Church Music both regionally and at a national level in the United Kingdom, being chaplain for the annual Easter course at Rossall School over a period of 11 years. He is himself a singer and he plays the organ and piano. 

Fr Simon came to South Africa in 2006 to become the subdean at the Cathedral of St Andrew and St Michael in Bloemfontein in the Diocese of the Free State– a diocese having a link relationship with the Diocese of Blackburn. In 2010 Fr Simon was invited to be Dean of Kimberley and was installed by Oswald Swartz bishop of the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in St Cyprian's Cathedral on 6 November 2010. 

Fr Simon  was instituted and installed as Dean and Rector at St Dunstan's Cathedral on 25 May 2014.

Fr Simon will take up his position with us on the 1st January 2020.

(With acknowledgement to Wikipedia.)

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