Jane Alexander (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Jane Alexander
Bishop of Edmonton
Church Anglican Church of Canada
See Edmonton
In office 2008 — present
Predecessor Victoria Matthews
Successor Incumbent
Ordination 2001
Personal details
Born Born on March 29, 1959
Previous post Dean of Edmonton and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral

Jane Alexander (born 1959)[1]) is a bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada and the current Bishop of Edmonton.[2] She was installed on May 11, 2008, at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral.[3] Until her consecration she served as Dean of Edmonton and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral. She is the first female diocesan bishop to succeed another female diocesan bishop in the Anglican Communion.

Early life and teaching career[edit]

Alexander grew up in England and attended Brunts Grammar School in Mansfield.. As a child she was forbidden from attending any religious classes at school by her father.[4] It was not until she was 25 that she was baptized with her eldest child in the Church of England.[3]

Alexander graduated from Newcastle University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts with honours, having completed a thesis on English liturgical music from 1370 to 1430.[2] She then worked as a music teacher, eventually specializing in special education.[2]

After moving to Canada with her family in 1990 she earned a Master of Education degree in 1993, followed by a Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1996, both from the University of Alberta.[2] She then worked as a professor in educational psychology at the University of Alberta.


In 1998 Alexander was ordained as a deacon. She was ordained as a priest in 2001 after earning her Masters of Theological Studies from Newman Theological College, a private Roman Catholic college. She worked at a number of parishes in the Diocese of Edmonton.[2] In 2006 she was appointed Dean of All Saints' Cathedral in Edmonton.[2][5]


In 2007 Bishop Victoria Matthews resigned as Bishop of Edmonton and Alexander became diocesan administrator in her capacity as dean of the diocese. She was elected bishop on 8 March 2008 on the third ballot.[2]

Alexander was consecrated as a bishop at All Saints' Cathedral and formally installed as Bishop of Edmonton in All Saints' Cathedral on 11 May 2008, the feast of Pentecost.[3]

Alexander's succeeding of Matthews as Bishop of Edmonton was the first instance in the Anglican Communion in which a female diocesan bishop succeeded another. Matthews was Alexander's ordaining bishop for her diaconal and priestly ordinations and was a co-consecrator for her episcopal ordination.



  1. ^ Edmonton Journal – New Anglican bishop
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
  3. ^ a b c New Anglican bishop ‘will play by the rules’
  4. ^ Alexander elected Anglican bishop of Edmonton
  5. ^ messenger_03-07_p1.indd
Preceded by
Gregory Kerr-Wilson
Dean and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral
Succeeded by
Lee Bezanson
Preceded by
Victoria Matthews
Bishop of Edmonton, Canada