The Very Reverend Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, retired on January 31, 2009 after serving for over 24 years as dean. Since beginning his tenure as dean in 1985, he has been a prominent lecturer in Episcopal, academic, and spiritual circles both nationally and internationally.
Prior to serving at Grace Cathedral Dr. Jones had served as the Stephen F. Bayne Professor of Ascetical Theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1972 – 1982, where he was also the director and founder of the Center for Christian Spirituality. He was made an honorary Canon of Chartres Cathedral in 2001, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 2008. Now a U.S. citizen, Dr. Jones was born in England and took a Ph.D. in 1971 at the University of Nottingham, England, and was awarded an Order of the British Empire in June 2002.
In 2003 he published Seasons of Grace (with John O’Neil) and in October 2004 John Wiley & Sons also published his Re-imagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind. His latest book, Common Prayer on Common Ground: The Vision of Anglican Orthodoxy was published by Morehouse Publishing in 2006. His earlier books include Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality, The Soul’s Journey: Exploring the Three Passages of Spiritual Life with Dante as a Guide, Exploring Spiritual Direction, Sacrifice & Delight, Passion for Pilgrimage, and Living the Truth.