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Archbishop's new Chaplain and Ecumenical Officer

Tuesday 17th May 2005

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has appointed the Revd Jonathan Goodall as his Chaplain and Ecumenical Officer. He will succeed the current Archbishop's Chaplain, the Revd Canon Dr David Marshall, who will be moving on in August after five years in the post.

Mr Goodall, who is 44, was ordained in 1989. He served as curate in the Bicester Team Ministry in the diocese of Oxford. In 1992 he was appointed as Minor Canon, Chaplain and Sacrist at Westminster Abbey before moving to his present post as Chaplain and Research Assistant to the Bishop of the Church of England Diocese in Europe in 1998.

Mr Goodall is married to Sarah and they have two children, Thomas and AnnaMary.

He said, "I am delighted to have been appointed to this new task. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Church both by supporting the personal ministry of the Archbishop, and assisting him in carrying forward the ecumenical achievements of the last half century."

Mr Goodall is expected to take up his appointment at Lambeth Palace in the autumn.

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