I am the Dean of Melbourne and responsible for the worship, mission and life of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Melbourne and Anglican Province of Victoria. I am passionate about people, and am privileged to lead this international community of believers. I pray that the Cathedral may be a place where many can experience the transforming love of God in Christ Jesus.
I live, work and worship on Wurundjeri Country. I pay my respects to their elders, past and present and acknowledge their right to care for Country. I am committed to work towards a more just settlement for First Nations People in Australia. I am an advocate for First Nations Justice, Climate Justice and Refugee Justice, and have served as an Ambassador for the Kids off Nauru Campaign, which brought to an end the detention of refugee children in Australia and its offshore facilities.
My academic research centres on theology, as well as ecclesiastical and music history. I enjoy thinking about the Bible and Theology and in particular the way in which Scripture can be communicated through music. I have published widely in the fields of ecclesiastical history and music; a selection of my recent publications can be viewed here.
I am a Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prior to coming to St Paul’s Cathedral in 2012, I was Senior Chaplain of Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, and Gavan Senior Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College Theological School, the University of Divinity, where I taught undergraduates and graduates, and mentored students preparing for Anglican ministry.
I am a member of the Chapter of St Paul’s, a member of the Council of the Diocese of Melbourne, a Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation, and a member of the Archbishop of Melbourne’s Senior Staff.
I am married to Dr Katherine Firth, Head of Lisa Bellear House in the University of Melbourne, with whom I also often collaborate on academic and artistic projects.
Dear Father Andreas. I came across the sermon you preached at James’ memorial in Sydney and wanted to thank you for it. I, too, was lost for words when I found out that he had died so suddenly; I still am really. I met him at Christ Church Cathedral and found him to be a person of profound spirituality, intelligence, gentleness and humour. That he suffered so whilst he was at the Cathedral pained me deeply, which he knew. I treasure our friendship and yes, it was within the spaces and silences that I came to respect and value this beautiful man. Yes, the Lord’s Prayer is a touchstone for when our hearts and minds are not able to formulate prayer – so simple yet so powerful – thank you for reminding us. May he rest eternal and rise in glory; may his spirit live on which those who loved him. Wendy
Thank you for your Lentan sermons. Having heard one live on the 24th March when visiting Melbourne for my husbands DTh graduation I have listened to each one from home. I am celebrating Holy Week by going through them a second time. Easter blessings, Gabrielle O. Sydney.