The Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, United States, will be Installed as the 77th Dean of York during a special service of Choral Evensong, starting at 3pm at York Minster on Saturday 12th November to which all are warmly invited. The service will be live streamed to enable people to join from far and wide.
Dean Dominic’s Installation is the final part of the ceremonial sequence that appoints him to his place as Dean of York in the Minster’s constitutional Foundation. The Installation during Choral Evensong follows immediately after Dean Dominic’s Admission, which takes place in a specially-convened meeting of the College of Canons, held in the Minster’s Chapter House and will be led by the Acting Dean of York, The Reverend Canon Michael Smith.
The service of prayers, readings and music will be sung by the Choir of York Minster and will include a special hymn composed for the new Dean. At the service, Dean Dominic will give his first sermon in York Minster and will be commended in his new ministry by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.
Commenting on the forthcoming service, Dominic said: “It is a great privilege to be called to serve as Dean of York. I am looking forward enormously to working alongside the dedicated team of staff and volunteers who keep the Minster operating, and getting to know the many communities for whom this remarkable cathedral church holds a special place in their lives.”
The Archbishop of York said: "Dominic is a priest with a pilgrim heart. With his guidance and under his leadership, York Minster will continue to grow as a place of influence, hospitality and pilgrimage for our city, diocese and region. It is a great joy to be welcoming him to this wonderful place at a time of great opportunity and need for our church and nation."
Dominic succeeds The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost who was installed as Bishop of Portsmouth in March.
Biographical Details – The Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, Dean of York
Dominic began his ministry as Curate in the Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark. He served as a University Chaplain at St Chad’s, Durham before becoming Priest in Charge, and subsequently Rector at St Peter & Paul with St Michael’s in Kettering in the Diocese of Peterborough. He was installed as Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, in September 2015 after 20 years of ordained ministry in the Church of England.
Dominic has previously worked with the Arts Council to create and fund new regional touring opportunities for the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and other orchestras. He also worked for several years with some of Britain’s leading professional choirs and vocal groups.
Dominic is married to Alison, a music therapist, who has worked in both clinical and academic contexts. They have two sons, Benedict and Linus.