New Dean seeks “common life” for Cathedral and city

On Sunday 20 November,  The Very Reverend Dr John Davies was installed as Dean of Wells during a celebratory service at Wells Cathedral.

People from across the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the county of Somerset welcomed Dr Davies as Dean of Wells, marking the beginning of his ministry and leadership role to Cathedral staff and in the Diocese.

In his address, Dean John likened Wells Cathedral to a Somerset rhyne, describing it as a “conduit to unblocking the imagination and keeping the land and its people free and flourishing”

He sees the Cathedral as a place to keep the “rhynes of the spirit open to assist others and allow hearts, minds and imaginations to be open to the love of God”.

Dean John also used his address to emphasise the importance he places on good connections and working in partnership.  John pledged to “seek the best connections in the best way” to build a common life of the Cathedral and the city, stating that local businesses and organisations, civic life and the work of our councils would be “daily considerations” in the work of the Cathedral. He added that he would connect with the Diocese “at depth.”

Paying homage to the Cathedral’s musical heritage he said that the Cathedral is a place where “we will celebrate with glorious worship and music” and, referencing the Wells Literature Festival, “where cultural connections will count for a great deal.”


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