Canon Michael Branch

Cathedral Dean

Canon Michael Branch was formed for the priesthood at Campion House, Osterley, and St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He was ordained priest on the 31st May 1997, serving as assistant priest at St Joseph’s, Roehampton and St Saviour’s, Lewisham. In 2006 he became Parish Priest of St Patrick’s, Plumstead. He then spent nine years as Parish Priest at St Peter’s, Woolwich, before taking on his present position as Dean of St George’s Cathedral.  Canon Michael is delighted to have returned to the area where he originates. In fact, he was born at the top of Westminster Bridge Road and the Cathedral is where generations of his family have received the sacraments.

See the Dean's Welcome here

Father Joseph Donkor

Sub Dean

Fr Joseph is a priest of the Diocese of Goaso, a vocation he became aware at an early age while he was still at Junior High school at my hometown of Techimantia, Ghana.  He was ordained a deacon and was placed in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chaplaincy of the distinguished University of Cape Coast and later ordained to the preisthood in 2004.

Following his experience of various ministries within the Diocese, he was offered generous support to study the discipline of education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.  Following his time as priest in residence at Sacred Heart Wimbledon, he joined St Georges Cathedral as Sub Dean in October 2023.

Father Dermott O'Gorman

Assistant Priest

Fr Dermott trained for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John in July 2020. Before this, he was a Civil Servant and worked for some time in this area when he attended daily Mass at the Cathedral. Fr Dermott’s responsibilities include supporting the First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion programme and he is a school chaplain.

For enquiries regarding any of the areas for which Fr Dermott is responsible please email him directly.

Rev Javier Elderfield


Deacon Javier is a married permanent deacon with a family of five children. He was ordained in 2009 and was appointed to St Saviour's parish, Lewisham Deanery, ministering there for twelve years. He works full time as the Chaplaincy coordinator for Christ the King Sixth Forms, based at CTK Emmanuel, Lewisham. Before then he worked as a secondary school music teacher. He and his wife are the Diocesan Marriage and Family Life (MFL) Bereavement ministry coordinators. He is available mostly at weekends to assist the Cathedral liturgies.

Cathedral Staff:

Tricia Gilbride
Cathedral Manager -

Mark Meaney​
Site & Facilities Manager -

Jonathan Schranz
Director of Music -

Frederick Stocken
Organist & Assistant Director of Music

Rachel Costello & John Cottee 
Cathedral Secretaries -

Visiting our Music Department pages to see a full list of Music staff at the Cathedral. 

The Archbishop

For information about the Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend John Wilson, please visit the website of the Archdiocese of Southwark.