New Canons for St Paul’s Cathedral

At a special Chapter Choral Evensong held at St Paul’s, on 7 June 2022, the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe will install three new Canons.

The Revd Canon Helen Dwyer was appointed to the Cathedral Chapter (Governing Body) by the Archbishop of Melbourne, while the Revd Canon Dr Brian Rosner and His Honour Paul Glass were elected by members of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

The Revd Canon Helen Dwyer is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman and Chaplain of Melbourne Grammar School, with responsibility for the staff and students at the Grimwade campus. She has deep expertise in Indigenous liaison and parish leadership, having held previous roles with Centacare Catholic Family Services, the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and multiple parish churches. She is a strong advocate for social justice, and a member of the Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and its Social Responsibilities Committee and Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. She holds a Bachelor of Ministry from Ridley Melbourne and occupies the Chapter Stall of St Augustine. Canon Dwyer is the second First Nations person to be appointed a Cathedral Canon, following the appointment of Canon Loughrey in 2021, and will be the first Aboriginal member of the Cathedral’s Governing Body.

The Revd Canon Dr Brian Rosner is Principal of Ridley Melbourne. A New Testament scholar of international reputation, Canon Rosner contributed to many of the major journals and supervised more than a dozen doctoral theses in Biblical Studies. He is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (the international society of New Testament scholars), a member the Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation Oversight Committee, a Humboldt fellow in Germany, and the author or editor of a dozen books. He holds a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK, and occupies the Chapter Stall of St Jerome.

His Honour Canon Paul Glass is a congregant of St Paul’s. He commenced legal practice as lawyer in Farrar, Gesini Dunn in 2007. He joined Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson in 2008 and, from 2009 to 2011, was a Senior Family Lawyer at Victorian Legal Aid. Canon Glass became a part time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2016. From 2011-17 he has been a member of the Law Council of Australia, in the Family Law Section. In 2018, Canon Glass was appointed a Family Law Magistrate in the Family Court of Western Australia. In 2021 he was made a Senior Judicial Registrar and, in 2022, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Applied Law, specialising in Family Law, and occupies the Chapter Stall of Bishop George Augustus Selwyn.

Dean Andreas Loewe said:

‘I am delighted to welcome three very distinguished members of our Governing Body, the Cathedral Chapter. I sincerely congratulate Brian and Paul on their elections as Chapter Canons, and Helen on her appointment by the Archbishop. Together they bring an enormous breadth of skill and experience to their new roles in the governance of our Cathedral, enabling St Paul’s to be a home church for Anglicans across Victoria, and a place where many may to come to know about and follow Jesus Christ. Do join us in welcoming Canons Dwyer, Glass and Rosner and pray for them as they take up their new responsibilities’.