Fr David happy to be dean for "gem" of a cathedral
Fr David Paul has been installed as the new Dean at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. The 67-year-old former teacher has taken up the post at the second largest Catholic cathedral in the UK.
Fr David began his career as a teacher before he felt a calling to the priesthood.
Ordained 20 years ago, he has worked as a parish priest in Cambridge, Ipswich and most recently St Peter and All Souls in Peterborough which Fr David says is very different from the cathedral parish.
Fr David, who is originally 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.”
Joining him in Norwich will be two colleagues from his current position in Peterborough, Fr Michael Collis, 29, who is fluent in Portuguese and Fr Aroyicka Seelan, 36, an Indian priest with a wealth of experience.
Fr 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 better known.
“They are hidden gems,” 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.
As the new Dean, Fr David brings extensive cultural experience from working in Peterborough, where up to 40 different languages are spoken.