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Installation of the new Dean of York

The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull and Archbishop

Thursday 22nd November 2012

The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull will be installed as the 76th Dean of York at 3:00pm on Saturday, 1 December 2012 at a service of Choral Evensong in York Minster.

Many members of Dean Faull’s congregation from Leicester, where she has been Dean since 2002, will travel to York Minster to support her at the start of her new work. 

The Dean Designate will previously have been licensed for her ministry in the Diocese of York by the Archbishop of York, and will be admitted as Dean in a private ceremony held in the Chapter House of York Minster earlier in the day.

At her Installation, the new Dean will be welcomed by clergy and Readers from the Diocese of York, Deans and Bishops from throughout the country and many civic and community leaders from the City of York and County of North Yorkshire.

The service will be sung by the combined Choirs of York Minster and Leicester Cathedral. The sermon will be preached by the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, and members of the York and Leicester cathedral communities will take part.

Dean Faull, 57, studied at The Queen’s School, Chester and Saint Hilda’s College, Oxford. After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and Nottingham University.

She served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool from 1982 to 1985, moving to become Chaplain, later Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge, being made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987.

She began cathedral ministry in 1990 as Chaplain at Gloucester Cathedral where she married Michael, a Physician, and where she was ordained priest in 1994. In 1994 she moved to become Canon Pastor, and later Vice Provost, at Coventry Cathedral.

In 2000 she was appointed Provost of Leicester (the first women to lead a Church of England cathedral), becoming Dean of Leicester in 2002.

Until her move to York, she was been a member of the General Synod representing Deans of cathedrals and was on the panel of Chairs of Synod.

In 2009 she was elected Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body) and is serving her second term on the English Anglican Roman Catholic committee for ecumenical conversations.

In Leicester she was a governor of Leicester College, one of the largest and most diverse Further Education Colleges in the country, and a Trustee of Curve, Leicester’s new theatre. She has recently been elected an Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.


On her appointment in July, Dean Faull said, "I am honoured and delighted to have been nominated by Her Majesty The Queen to be the next Dean of York and excited about moving back north. It is of course daunting to move from one of the smallest to one of the largest cathedrals, but I know that there are many people who care deeply for York Minster, its mission and ministry, and I look forward to leading a large team in its continued development.”

Dean Faull succeeds The Very Reverend Keith Jones who retired from the post in April.

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