News: February 2012


March Update

Saturday 11 February, 2012 was a most significant day in the life of the Diocese of Edinburgh with the election of John Armes as our new bishop. John has served the Diocese with distinction as Rector of St John’s, Princes Street, and then more recently combining these duties with being Dean of the Diocese.  The Preparatory Committee presented the Diocese with three names, and I have no doubt that John was the right choice. The date of his consecration has yet to be determined, at which we look forward to seeing him seated on his cathedra in his Cathedral. Please hold him and his wife and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Other news:

* Congratulations to former Master of the Music Matthew Owens on the safe arrival of James Matthias Benjamin Owens. James, Ali and Matthew are all doing well!

* The new glass doors inside the West Door have been installed (which means that just under half the work has been completed). With luck the glass lobby will be installed by the time you read this, although I am not holding my breath!!

* The funerals of Robin Sinclair, Helen Matthews and Gordon Leslie took place last month.

Gordon was a great supporter of the Cathedral, especially its musical life.  Whilst still active he would come into the Cathedral Office every Friday and fold all our service sheets. A great sea- farer and lover of the sea, he completed his voyage through life with great faith and good humour.

Robin was a well-known face and helper in the Crèche and Robins and Sunday Club and loved by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Our hearts go out to Rachel and their young family.

Helen came to the Cathedral when she could. As one of the boarding house staff at St George’s School, she had many demands on her time, seven days a week, and gave selflessly of her time. A committed Guider, Helen touched many young lives through guiding and her care of St George’s boarders.

Rest in peace, dear friends.

LENT has now begun. With this month’s magazine you should have received the 2012 Stewardship Campaign and your Lent, Holy Week and Easter Card.  Our annual Stewardship Campaign is vital to the on-going life of the Cathedral.  The Cathedral’s single largest source of income is what is given by its members: that’s why the Campaign is so important. All we ask is that you read my letter.

Lent this year also has some fun!

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am on Lent 2 (Sunday 4 March) and you will recognise voices……

On Mothering Sunday (Sunday 18 March) all mums, children and dads (and indeed anyone else!) are invited to the Chapter House from 9.45am for coffee, croissants and fruit juice before our Cathedral Eucharist at 10.30am.


February Update

January saw three exciting pieces of news:

* Congratulations to Mark Harris on his appointment as Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.  This is a new post, the only one of its kind in the UK outwith Oxford and Cambridge, and Mark is eminently and uniquely qualified for this.  This appointment means Mark will step down as Vice-Provost on 1st April, but I am delighted that he will be staying on at the Cathedral as Precentor and continuing to contribute to the life of the Cathedral in many ways.

* The plans for the north side of the Cathedral, including building a new medical centre, stone masons workshop and complete re-landscaping, have been approved by the City of Edinburgh’s Planning Committee.  This is clearly excellent news both for the local community in need of 21st century medical facilities that are fit for purpose and for the Cathedral.  Meetings are scheduled with NHS Lothian in the coming weeks to progress this.

* Welcome to Hector Maclean who will be joining the Vergers’ team for a few months.

February sees the final stage in the selection and election of our new Bishop.  Please remember in your prayers the three candidates and their families and those responsible for voting in the election.


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