Dublin-born priest for top ecumenical job

Canon honoured to “take on this role”

A Dublin-born priest has been appointed to a high-profile ecumenical role in Britain.

Canon John O’Toole was born in Dublin in 1950 and moved to Chatham, Kent with his family when he was 8 years old. 

He has just been appointed national ecumenical officer and secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The current Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, will take up his new post in January.

Accepting the role, Canon O’Toole said: “I thank the bishops for having confidence in me to take on this role. I am very happy to do so and look forward to meeting and working with my ecumenical colleagues.”