The new Area Deans of the Ripon Episcopal Area have been welcomed and licensed at a service in Ripon Cathedral at the weekend led by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines.
At the service of Evensong, five of the six new Area Deans were welcomed as they received their licenses of office (left to right): the Reverend Canon Ian Greenhalgh was licensed as Area Dean of Bowland and Ewecross, the Reverend John Smith as Area Dean of Harrogate, the Reverend Yvonne Callaghan as Area Dean of Richmond, and the Reverend Ruth Harris as Area Dean of Skipton. (The Revd Canon Barry Pike, the Area Dean of Ripon was unable to attend the service because of illness.)
One of the Area Deans, the Reverend Michael Hepper (pictured right and below), Area Dean of Wensley was also installed as an Honorary Canon during the service, along with a new Capitular Canon, Mr Andrew Kitchingman who has been appointed as Ripon Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer.
The two new cathedral canons are pictured outside with the Church in the Dale trailer. Canon Michael Hepper has had a leading part to play in developing the trailer which is now used widely in market towns and at joint church events throughout the Episcopal Area.
At the same service Andrew Norman was welcomed and licensed as the new Diocesan Director of Ministry and Mission – read more here.
Also welcomed to Ripon was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative to Rome, the Most Revd. David Moxon, who paid his respects to the memory of a former Bishop of Ripon and met with supporters of the Anglican Centre in Rome of which he is the Director – more here.