Andreas Loewe

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Andreas Loewe
Dean of Melbourne
Andreas Loewe.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Melbourne
In office2012 - present
PredecessorMark Burton
Other postsChaplain, Trinity College Melbourne
Personal details
Born (1973-02-27) 27 February 1973 (age 46)
Munich, Germany
NationalityGerman, Australian
SpouseKatherine Firth
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Badge of the Order of St John

Jost Andreas Loewe (born 27 February 1973) is a German-born priest in the Anglican Church of Australia. He has served as the 15th Dean of Melbourne since 2012, the second-youngest dean in the history of the diocese.[1]

An academic theologian and music historian, Loewe is also an honorary fellow and lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.[2]

Life and career[edit]


Loewe was born in Munich, Bavaria. He was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic before attending St Peter's College, Oxford (BA 1995, MPhil 1997, MA 1999).[3]

After further studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was Gosden Lay Chaplain, Loewe submitted for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree which was awarded in 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 St Mary the Great and chaplain of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, positions he held from 2004 to 2009 while also serving as a senior member of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.[5]

From 2009 to 2012, Loewe was chaplain and Gavan Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College, Melbourne.[6] His academic research focuses on the Reformation in England and Germany as well as music history, in particular the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Loewe was installed as Dean of Melbourne at St Paul's Cathedral on 13 October 2012, "the second youngest of Melbourne’s 15 Deans in the 165-year history of the Diocese".[7]

On 18 December 2012, Loewe officiated at the state memorial service celebrating the life of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.[8] On 15 December 2013, he officiated at a public commemoration of Nelson Mandela's life.[9] On 24 July 2014, he led a multi-faith memorial service for those who perished aboard Flight MH17.[10] On 13 August 2014, he officiated at the installation of the Most Revd Philip Freier as Primate of Australia, one of the 38 primates in the Anglican Communion, in the presence of the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.[11] He officiated and preached at the state funerals of Ninian Stephen and Ron Walker.


Loewe was elected as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 2011,[12] and was one of seven Rex Lipman Fellows[13] who visited St Peter's College, Adelaide in 2012.[14]

Loewe is an outspoken advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and has repeatedly called on the federal government to end offshore detention.[15] In a letter to The Age newspaper in January 2014, he condemned Australia's refugee policy as "inhumane to those seeking our protection and demeaning to Australia".[16] In August 2018 he became an ambassador of the Kids off Nauru initiative, advocating for the removal of children and their families from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "show compassion to the children held on Nauru and to end this tragedy".[17]



  1. ^ The Age
  2. ^ website.
  3. ^ St Peter's College Oxford website Archived 9 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory.
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory.
  6. ^ The Age newspaper website.
  7. ^ Anglican Media Melbourne website.
  8. ^ International Business Times Archived 21 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Anglican Media Melbourne website
  10. ^ ABC News
  11. ^ St Paul's Cathedral website. Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Royal Historical Society website Archived 11 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Archived 21 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ St Peter's College Adelaide website.
  15. ^ St Paul's Cathedral website. Archived 23 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Letter to The Age, 18 January 2014.
  17. ^ "kidsoffnauru on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  18. ^ Australian Gazette.

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Mark Gregory Burton
Dean of Melbourne
Succeeded by