New Dean "humiliated" when he is installed in Peterborough Cathedral

The new dean of Peterborough was installed at a special service in the cathedral.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston was inducted on Saturday as the 47th Dean of Peterborough.

The service was attended by civil dignitaries and clergymen the city and the diocese of Peterborough as well as further away. Representatives of other faiths, members of the public, and people from the cathedral community were present. The chapter of Newcastle Cathedral, where Chris has been Dean since 2003, took part in the procession, and Newcastle bishop Rev. Christine Hardman formally presented the designated Dean to the bishop of Peterborough at the beginning of the service]. Very Rev Dalliston was on behalf of the Dean Cathedral of Miriam Sellick and, on behalf of the diocese, welcomed by Peter Lawson, Chairman of the Peterborough Cathedral Development Trust. City General Director Gillian Beasley welcomed him on behalf of the Peterborough City Council.

To the Dean and the parish in his homily, Bishop of Peterborough right Rev Donald Allister contrasts the fame, wonder and dignity of the installation service with the Christian Self-Help Service that would be required of the Dean and of all who were called to leadership , He said the cathedral in the city is a reminder that leadership is more about service than worldly power (even if that power might have been the ambition of some notorious medieval abbots).

After the service, he said: "It is extremely uplifting and humiliating to be invited to go to Peterborough Cathedral for its 900th year.

" I am grateful for the gift of colleagues, a great future to build for the cathedral, the diocese and the city. I look forward to working with all people and faith as we seek the well-being of the city.

The New Dean was not the only member of the clergy that was installed on the weekend.

Sunday Revd Canon Sarah Brown was installed as Canon Missioner during a service of Choral Evensong, formerly Daventry's Team Vicar Responsible for Braunston, Welton and Ashby St Ledgers and Rural Dean of Daventry.

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