Former teacher to take over the reins as new Dean at Norwich’s Catholic cathedral

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 September 2014

Father David Paul, the new Dean at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.

Father David Paul, the new Dean at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.


A former teacher has been appointed the new Dean at a Norwich cathedral.

A former teacher has been appointed the new Dean at Norwich’s Catholic cathedral.

Father David Paul will take up the post at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, the second largest Catholic cathedral in the UK, on September 21.

The 67-year-old read History and Theology at the University of Keele and embarked on a career as a secondary school teacher before he felt a calling to the priesthood.

Father David, who is from Durham, said: “Education has always been a passion of mine and teaching is a large role within the priesthood itself. I am grateful to have this background and, wherever possible, I will always try to encompass teaching into any role I take.”

Ordained 20 years ago, he has worked as a Parish priest in Cambridge, Ipswich and most recently the St Peter and All Souls in Peterborough.

He will be joined at the cathedral, on Unthank Road, by two colleagues from Peterborough - Father Michael Collis and Father Aroyicka Seelan.

Father David sees his key role in Norwich as developing and nurturing the Parish, the Diocesan Church and the Cathedral and helping the Cathedral and The Narthex become more widely known.

“They are a hidden gem,” he said. “The Cathedral is an absolutely stunning building and The Narthex is a wonderful venue with facilities on a par with any other within the city.

“Not only can people see the fantastic architecture of the Cathedral - we have a beautiful garden cafe, a bar, and function rooms available for business lunches, meetings and dining.”

A regular visitor to Norwich over the last few years, Father David said that the city has “everything you need”.

“I’m very much looking forward to living and working here - I like the historic nature of the city, the vibrancy and creativity it brings. Norwich seems to be a manageable city and has a life of its own,” he added.

An Italian speaker, he sees one of his first jobs as getting to know people within the Parish and the wider Norwich community and meeting and welcoming visitors to the Cathedral.

“I like being around people, learning about them and helping anybody in any way I can,” he said.

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