23 October 2016
The Very Revd Christine Wilson has been installed as the 84th Dean of Lincoln.
An occasion of great joy in the life of the diocese, the Dean made her way into the Cathedral with the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, and Lord Taylor of Holbeach, and was greeted by the Subdean, the Revd Canon John Patrick, followed by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson.
During the service, the Subdean and the Chancellor, the Revd Canon Dr Mark Hocknull, conducted the Dean to her prebendal stall of South Scarle in St Hugh’s Choir, before the congregation seated in the nave greeted the Dean with a resounding round of applause.
In her sermon, the Dean drew on a key phrase from verse 36 of the scripture reading of John 18:28-end. Describing the Cathedral as an ‘extraordinary place of prayer’, the Dean spoke of the Cathedral as being an iconic symbol, a beacon of light, reflecting the great love of God and offering a ministry that seeks to reach out to all (the full text may be accessed here).
Following a time of prayer, the service moved to the Chapter House as the Dean was installed in the College of Canons, and then the Bishop of Lincoln pronounced God’s blessing.
After the service the Dean was able to meet and share in refreshments with people from the congregation, and she has since been in conversation with Rod Whiting for the Sunday Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. It is possible to listen to this interview, in which the Dean speaks of her ministry to date and hopes for the future, by following this link (the link will be active for the next 29 days, and the interview begins from 39 minutes and 30 seconds into the programme).
Please continue to hold the Dean and her family in your prayers.
The announcement of the appointment of the 84th Dean of Lincoln may be found here
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