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PengelleyThe Archbishop, The Most Reverend Roger Herft AM, approved the unanimous election and nomination of the Cathedral Chapter for The Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley as Dean of Perth.

The Archbishop noted that “Richard is a priest of the Diocese who has a personal, costly faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. He is known for his focus on disciplined prayer, inspiring worship, scholarly devotion to Scripture, attentiveness to the Sacraments, holiness of life and willing service for others. All of these attributes will enhance his role as Dean of St George’s Cathedral.

The experience and skills that Richard has gained in his varied ministries will certainly benefit the life and witness of the Cathedral.

Richard’s first-hand encounter with the Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, vibrant gift of relating to young people, commitment to teaching/service learning, sport, and experience in parishes, schools, universities and university colleges, and links with Western Australia over the last 40 years provides a God-given connection with the Cathedral community, the Diocese and the wider community.”

Canon Pengelley takes over from Dr John Shepherd who was Dean for 24 years.  His appointment was announced by the Senior Canon of the Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Frank Sheehan, during services at St George's this morning.  A member of Chapter, The Reverend Canon Kathy Barrett-Lennard said, “The long process of selection is finally over after an exhaustive search and interviews with Australian and international candidates.  Chapter have reflected much and had countless hours of discussion leading to this announcement. We are very excited that Richard has accepted the challenge and believe that it has been worth the wait. We have selected an energetic and visionary priest; a person with a great heart for those who are so often forgotten and pushed to the margins of society. There is no doubt that the new Dean will reach out to the city and we expect an enthusiastic and strong response”.  Senior Lay Canon, Dr Ian MacLeod said: "Richard Pengelley is about making the Church relevant to contemporary society and he reaches out to those outside of the normal boundaries of comfortable socio-economic backgrounds.”

Richard Pengelley is currently the Assistant Chaplain at Christ Church Grammar School.  He is also the Director of the school's Service in Action programme which takes students to work with Scott Neeson's Cambodian Children's Fund, located just outside Phnom Penh.  Through Service in Action, students also travel to indigenous communities in Western Australia and Alice Springs.  In taking young people on these service learning trips, Richard Pengelley is known to be passionate about practical social justice and the needs of the disadvantaged. 

Canon Pengelley is Chairman of True Blue Dreaming and has just finished his tenure as Chair of Special Olympics WA.  He is also a Director of the WA Institute of Sport.  

Richard is very involved in the Positive Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing movement as an advisor, conference host and presenter.  

Before coming to Christ Church two years ago, Richard was a part time lecturer at the University of Western Australia.  He taught Australia’s only course on “Sport and Spirituality” within the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, where he remains an Adjunct Lecturer.  During this time he was Chaplain at St George's College and sub Dean of UWA Community.  He was formerly Rector of Carine-Duncraig, a parish that saw enormous growth and experienced great vitality under his leadership. Before that, he was Chaplain at Hale School. Canon Pengelley began at Hale as a PE teacher.  The then newly appointed headmaster, John Inverarity asked him to consider being a lay chaplain.  At that time, he felt a call to the priesthood. He studied theology at Murdoch University, was ordained and exercised his chaplaincy as a priest.  In 1982 he began his teaching career at Scarborough Senior High School.  

Richard  went to the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics as a member of the Australian Water Polo team.  On various occasions, he has captained the team and was a long term captain of WA junior and senior teams. He was the inaugural WA Junior Sports Star of the year in 1978 and UWA Sports Star of the Year in 1979. He still plays water polo and participated in the World Masters Games in 2012.  He has worked as a water polo commentator for the ABC and Channel Seven at both World Championships and Olympic Games.

During his time at UWA, he ran a mentoring programme with the West Coast Eagles’ leadership group known as Eagle MATES where “pillars of society” such as Professor Fiona Wood, Dr Karl O’Callaghan and Eoin Cameron mentored prominent footballers. He is a Collingwood supporter.

Richard is married to Jo who is a teacher librarian at St Mary's Anglican School.  They have three adult daughters.

Canon Pengelley will be installed as Dean of St George’s Cathedral at 7.00pm on Wednesday 4 February 2015.

PengelleyThe Archbishop, The Most Reverend Roger Herft AM, approved the unanimous election and nomination of the Cathedral Chapter for The Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley as Dean of Perth.

The Archbishop noted that “Richard is a priest of the Diocese who has a personal, costly faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. He is known for his focus on disciplined prayer, inspiring worship, scholarly devotion to Scripture, attentiveness to the Sacraments, holiness of life and willing service for others. All of these attributes will enhance his role as Dean of St George’s Cathedral.

The experience and skills that Richard has gained in his varied ministries will certainly benefit the life and witness of the Cathedral.

Richard’s first-hand encounter with the Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, vibrant gift of relating to young people, commitment to teaching/service learning, sport, and experience in parishes, schools, universities and university colleges, and links with Western Australia over the last 40 years provides a God-given connection with the Cathedral community, the Diocese and the wider community.”

Canon Pengelley takes over from Dr John Shepherd who was Dean for 24 years.  His appointment was announced by the Senior Canon of the Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Frank Sheehan, during services at St George's this morning.  A member of Chapter, The Reverend Canon Kathy Barrett-Lennard said, “The long process of selection is finally over after an exhaustive search and interviews with Australian and international candidates.  Chapter have reflected much and had countless hours of discussion leading to this announcement. We are very excited that Richard has accepted the challenge and believe that it has been worth the wait. We have selected an energetic and visionary priest; a person with a great heart for those who are so often forgotten and pushed to the margins of society. There is no doubt that the new Dean will reach out to the city and we expect an enthusiastic and strong response”.  Senior Lay Canon, Dr Ian MacLeod said: "Richard Pengelley is about making the Church relevant to contemporary society and he reaches out to those outside of the normal boundaries of comfortable socio-economic backgrounds.”

Richard Pengelley is currently the Assistant Chaplain at Christ Church Grammar School.  He is also the Director of the school's Service in Action programme which takes students to work with Scott Neeson's Cambodian Children's Fund, located just outside Phnom Penh.  Through Service in Action, students also travel to indigenous communities in Western Australia and Alice Springs.  In taking young people on these service learning trips, Richard Pengelley is known to be passionate about practical social justice and the needs of the disadvantaged. 

Canon Pengelley is Chairman of True Blue Dreaming and has just finished his tenure as Chair of Special Olympics WA.  He is also a Director of the WA Institute of Sport.  

Richard is very involved in the Positive Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing movement as an advisor, conference host and presenter.  

Before coming to Christ Church two years ago, Richard was a part time lecturer at the University of Western Australia.  He taught Australia’s only course on “Sport and Spirituality” within the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, where he remains an Adjunct Lecturer.  During this time he was Chaplain at St George's College and sub Dean of UWA Community.  He was formerly Rector of Carine-Duncraig, a parish that saw enormous growth and experienced great vitality under his leadership. Before that, he was Chaplain at Hale School. Canon Pengelley began at Hale as a PE teacher.  The then newly appointed headmaster, John Inverarity asked him to consider being a lay chaplain.  At that time, he felt a call to the priesthood. He studied theology at Murdoch University, was ordained and exercised his chaplaincy as a priest.  In 1982 he began his teaching career at Scarborough Senior High School.  

Richard  went to the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics as a member of the Australian Water Polo team.  On various occasions, he has captained the team and was a long term captain of WA junior and senior teams. He was the inaugural WA Junior Sports Star of the year in 1978 and UWA Sports Star of the Year in 1979. He still plays water polo and participated in the World Masters Games in 2012.  He has worked as a water polo commentator for the ABC and Channel Seven at both World Championships and Olympic Games.

During his time at UWA, he ran a mentoring programme with the West Coast Eagles’ leadership group known as Eagle MATES where “pillars of society” such as Professor Fiona Wood, Dr Karl O’Callaghan and Eoin Cameron mentored prominent footballers. He is a Collingwood supporter.

Richard is married to Jo who is a teacher librarian at St Mary's Anglican School.  They have three adult daughters.

Canon Pengelley will be installed as Dean of St George’s Cathedral at 7.00pm on Wednesday 4 February 2015.