Ripon Cathedral to install its new Dean

Canon John DobsonThe new Dean of Ripon will be welcomed and ‘installed’ at a historic service in Ripon Cathedral this Saturday June 14th at 6pm.

Canon John Dobson (49) who until recently was a vicar and Area Dean in the Diocese of Durham has been chosen to succeed the Very Revd Keith Jukes who died suddenly last year.  Canon Dobson will be installed at a service led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Revd James Bell, and welcomed to the city by civic and community leaders, and clergy and lay people from across the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Before the service, Canon Dobson will pray silently in the Saxon crypt, built by St Wilfrid in 672AD, a place of prayer and pilgrimage in Ripon for more than 1300 years. During the service, he will takes oaths on the Ripon Bible, dating from the 13th Century. Canon Keith Punshon, Sub-Dean of Ripon will lead the Dean designate to  his stall and place him in it. The Deans of Bradford and Wakefield Cathedrals, the sister cathedrals of Ripon in the new Diocese, will anoint Canon Dobson’s hands with oil, and the Residentiary Canons of Ripon (Canons Keith Punshon, Paul Greenwell and Elizabeth Sewell) will clothe him with a cope, the cloak of office.

Once installed, Dean John will end the service by inviting the congregation to  join him in renewed commitment to grow in the Christian faith, to share that faith with the wider community, to work with others to serve the needs of the world, and to follow Jesus’ command to love one another.

Read the full article on the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales’ website.