Tuesday, 4 May 2004

Dean's installation

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban has announced the date of the new dean’s installation:

4 May 2004
The St Albans Cathedral Chapter and congregation have welcomed the appointment of the new Dean, Canon Jeffrey John, currently serving at Southwark Cathedral, and are looking forward to his installation in July.
Canon Stephen Lake, Sub Dean and Acting Dean said: “Jeffrey John brings to the Abbey a track record of scholarship and preaching, and a commitment to mission. We look forward to his arrival and his new ministry.
“The support for Jeffrey John from the Cathedral Chapter and congregation is clear. The vast majority of the congregation have shown their support for the appointment and are looking forward to his installation and ministry here. In addition, the Abbey has received numerous messages of support for Dr John since the appointment was announced.
“Cathedrals need Deans. We have been without a Dean since Christopher Lewis’ last Sunday in July 2003, before he left to be Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. The Abbey community is keen to have our new Dean installed this summer, one year on.”
The Installation of the new Dean will take place on Friday 2nd July at 5 pm. Arrangements for the service are currently being finalized.

The BBC reported on this as follows:
Cathedral backing for gay cleric

Gay Church of England cleric Jeffrey John has been given the backing of St Albans Cathedral where he has been appointed as the new dean.
A group of evangelicals had called for Dr John to withdraw his acceptance.
But their hopes were dealt a blow on Tuesday when the cathedral’s chapter said it welcomed the appointment and had received messages of support.

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