Andreas Loewe

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The Very Revd
Andreas Loewe
Dean of Melbourne
Andreas Loewe
Diocese Diocese of Melbourne
In office 2012 - present
Predecessor Mark Gregory Burton
Other posts Chaplain and Gavan Lecturer in Theology
Trinity College (University of Melbourne)
Ordination 2001
Personal details
Born (1973-02-27) 27 February 1973 (age 41)
Nationality German
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater

St Peter's College, Oxford

Selwyn College, Cambridge

Jost Andreas Loewe (born 27 February 1973) is a German-born Anglican priest in Australia who is the fifteenth Dean of Melbourne, the second-youngest and first German to hold the post.[1] An academic theologian and music historian, he is also an honorary fellow and lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Loewe was born in Munich. He was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic and studied at St Peter's College, Oxford (BA 1995, MPhil 1997, MA 1999[3]) and Selwyn College, Cambridge where he was Gosden Lay Chaplain (PhD 2001).[4]


Loewe was ordained in 2001 at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. After a curacy in Upton cum Chalvey from 2001 to 2004, he was appointed associate vicar of the Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, and chaplain of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, posts he held from 2004 to 2009, during which time he was also a senior member of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity.[5]

From 2009 to 2012, Loewe was chaplain and Gavan Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College (University of Melbourne).[6] His academic research centres on the history of the English and German reformations and the history of music, in particular in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2011)[7] and was one of seven Rex Lipman Fellows who visited St Peter's College, Adelaide during 2012.[8]

He was installed as Dean of Melbourne on 13 October 2012.[9] In October 2014, he was admitted as an Officer of the Venerable Order of St John in recognition of his work with St John Ambulance Australia.[10]

Public Ministry[edit]

Loewe regularly leads significant commemorations at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne: on 18 December 2012, he officiated at a State Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.[11] On 15 December 2013, he conducted the Victorian Commemoration of the life of Nelson Mandela.[12] On 24 July 2014, he led a multi-faith memorial service for those who perished aboard Flight MH17.[13] On 13 August, he officiated at the Installation of the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier as Primate of Australia, one of the thirty-eight Primates in the Anglican Communion, in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.[14]

He is an outspoken advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and has repeatedly called on the Australian government to welcome refugees.[15] In a letter to The Age in January 2014, he condemned Australia's refugee policy "as inhumane to those seeking our protection and demeaning to Australia".[16]


Religious titles
Preceded by
Mark Gregory Burton
Dean of Melbourne
Succeeded by