Chester Canon appointed Blackburn Cathedral Dean

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undefinedCanon Peter Howell-Jones has been appointed Dean of Blackburn Cathedral. Canon Peter, who is currently a Canon at Chester Cathedral, will also be a key member of the Diocesan Bishop's Leadership Team. He will be installed as the new Dean of Blackburn on 25 March 2017.

The new Dean was chosen via a special appointment panel chaired by The Rt Hon Jack Straw, former MP for Blackburn and former Foreign Secretary.

Canon Peter commented: “It is an honour and a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility for the wonderful Cathedral in Blackburn. I have a real sense of expectation for what will be an exciting new challenge and I am looking forward to starting work.”

Speaking about the appointment, the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev. Peter Forster said: “Canon Peter Howell-Jones has had a major impact upon Chester Cathedral in his time as Vice-Dean.  He leaves the Cathedral in a much better financial and administrative state, largely due to his work. We wish him every blessing in the new challenges and opportunities which he will have.”

And the Dean of Chester, The Very Rev. Professor Gordon McPhate, added: “In Peter Howell-Jones Blackburn Cathedral is fortunate to receive an enthusiastic, energetic and mission-minded priest who has been instrumental in transforming Chester Cathedral in recent years.”

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