TI-112. CATHOLIC HERALD is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor. Deborah Jones, author, educationist and adviser on Theology to the Catholic Bishops' Conference, will take up her post in the autumn.
She replaces Cristina Odone, who resigned in the spring and is now television critic for The Daily Telegraph.
Harry Coen, former Night Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, who has been editing the paper for the past four months, will continue until Deborah Jones arrives. After that he will remain with the paper as Editorial Consultant.
Otto Herschan, Managing Director, said he was delighted that Deborah Jones had agreed to join the Herald. He said: "Her unrivalled knowledge of the Church and Church affairs is in the tradition of Michael de la Bedoyere, who as Editor of the Catholic Herald for the 30 years leading to the start of the Second Vatican Council, brought the paper to the forefront of religious journalism.
"In a remarkable field of talented candidates, Deborah Jones stood out for her vision of the future and her understanding of the concerns of all sections of the Church.
"It is flattering that such is the standing of the paper that Fleet Street avidly sought to identify the new Editor and did so before we ourselves had the opportunity to inform our readers, whom we naturally wished to be the first to know," said Mr Herschan.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Harry Coen for his flair and professionalism in bridging the gap between the end of one bril liant editorship that of Cristina Odone and the beginning of another that of Deborah Jones."
Merseyside-born Deborah Jones began her career teaching English and Classical Studies at an Essex comprehensive and spent a year in Rome testing a vocation with the Franciscans. She has been working in the Diocese of East Anglia for the past 16 years as Director of Adult Education. In recent years, this has been part-time to allow her to pursue other interests, such as being Deputy Editor of the respected monthly magazine Priests & People and helping to launch the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge. She has served on Bishops' Conference committees, currently the committee advising the Bishops on Theology.
She is the author of two books which are constantly being reprinted Focus on Faith (for RCIA groups) and This Is My Body (for training Eucharistic ministers). Both arc published by Kevin Mayhew.
She is also co-Chairman of the National Association of Religious Educators. Her interests include golf, watercolour painting and music, particularly baroque opera.
Deborah Jones said: "I am looking forward immensely to the exciting challenge of working with the paper, which has such a proud tradition of independent religious journalism."
Harry Coen added: "I congratulate Deborah, who will be given the full backing of our talented young staff, as well as my own.
"A great newspaper is in safe and creative hands as readers will soon discover for themselves."