Monsignor Matthew Dickens is the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese.
The Vicar General exercises his role on a part-time basis alongside other clerical and parish duties.
He acts on behalf of the Archbishop, and with his authority, guides canonical and administrative processes within Southwark. In doing so the Vicar General assists the Archbishop in developing pastoral life and mission of the Archdiocese alongside effective management. He regularly attend meetings of the Archbishop’s Council, which steers key decisions relating to all diocesan matters.
Monsignor Matthew Dickens
Mgr Matthew Dickens is Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese and is parish priest of St Thomas a Becket parish in Wandsworth West Hill.
Mgr Matthew graduated from Cambridge University in 1983. Following graduation he worked in publishing and medical information before going to St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in 1988.
He was ordained priest in 1994 and served as assistant priest in Tunbridge Wells and Bromley; then as parish priest in South Croydon and Northfleet before being appointed Vicar General and Chancellor in 2009.
Mgr Matthew is a member of the Diocesan Property and Health and Safety Committee and sits on several Diocesan education committees. He has oversight of the care of sick and retired priests of the diocese and has oversight of the Chancery and Archives Department.
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