The Team at St Olave

Rev’d Arani Sen

Rector of St Olave Hart Street with All Hallows Staining and St Catherine Coleman

Arani was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire of Indian, Hindu parentage – his parents originated from Kolkata. After completing A Levels, Arani spent a gap year in Berlin, before studying for a modern Languages degree at Royal Holloway, University of London.  During this time, Arani began his Christian journey and church involvement. After university, Arani served as a youth and parish worker in an urban parish, during which time he began to consider ordained ministry as a vocation. For many years Arani developed wider skills as a secondary school languages teachers and Faculty head.

He trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Theology and Religious Studies, Tripos Part 2, at Fitzwilliam College. Arani served as a curate in Islington and as vicar in Southall, both in diverse urban multi-cultural settings. He also served as Vicar Of Christ Church Upper Armley, Leeds, a growing and diverse community. The church runs a project with asylum seekers and refugees. He is very interested in vocations and has a strong track record in this field.  Arani has a book published, Holy Spirit Radicals – Pentecost Acts and Changed Society (MD Publishing 2018); he also has written a chapter on Encouraging Minority Vocations (CPAS, 2002). He has served as Area Dean for six years and is an Honorary Canon of Bradford Cathedral.

Arani is married to Alison who is a lecturer in adult education, literacy and numeracy.  She has trained as a Lay Reader. Together they enjoy learning Italian, and travelling extensively. They are keen skiers, and try to go to the gym and swimming pool. They enjoy the theatre, concerts, opera, and playing the piano.