From the Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter
Welcome to Cathedral Life.
One of the unsung treasures of Exeter Cathedral: our Priest Vicars. In our case, retired clergy, who give freely of their time to help out with pastoral care, and our worshipping life. And they bring wisdom, experience, and objectivity to all our discussions and decision-making. We are immensely fortunate to benefit currently from the services of David Gunn-Johnson, retired Archdeacon of Barnstaple, and Ian Morter, retired Canon of our Cathedral. And this weekend we are adding to their number.
Prebendary Julian Ould will be installed as a Priest Vicar by the Bishop at Evensong on Sunday. I’ve known Julian since he became Chaplain to the Isles of Scilly in 1996. Ten years later he became Team Rector of Totnes, from where he retired in March of this year. His installation has been somewhat delayed because of coronavirus, so some of you will already have had the chance to meet and get to know Julian and Jane since their move to Exeter. They are both keen singers, and with Julian’s background in hotel management, we know they will encourage and develop our ministry of welcome in the coming months. We are delighted to welcome them formally this weekend.
From this Sunday, Evensong will be ticketed. So if you’d like to come along at 4 o’clock, please book your place via the Cathedral website.
And now we need your help. As you probably know, we hope that major work will soon start on the Chapter House. In the first instance, this will involve renewing the underfloor heating, and then installing a new glazed porch so that we have better access, and can leave the great wooden doors open during the day.
In due course we shall clean the beautiful medieval ceiling and renew the lighting. The Chapter is also considering what to do about the sculptures in the niches. Recent investigation has revealed that behind these are an important collection of medieval painting, which is currently obscured.
The Chapter shall soon need to make a decision about this medieval painting, but want to hear what people think about the Chapter House and how this might best be presented as we move forward. We have a questionnaire online and, if you know the space, we would love you to participate in our consultation. Please follow the link here – it will only take a few minutes.
We hope you enjoy this week’s Cathedral Life.