The Dean - The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling
The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling was born in South London. He trained for retail management, but changed career and became a welfare office at Pentonville prison. In response to a vocation to the ordained ministry, he studied theology at Exeter University and completed his training at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. After parish ministry in Peckham and Tooting, he moved to Liverpool in 1983 as Canon Precentor of the cathedral. Four years later he became Rector of the ancient city centre parish of Our Lady and St Nicholas, where he stayed for fifteen years.
Nicholas has become noted for his work for reconciliation, not only between faith communities but also between Britain and Ireland. His book Pardon and Peace has been highly acclaimed, and he has lectured and spoken on reconciliation in Switzerland, Ireland, the United States and Israel/Palestine. During his time in Liverpool, he was chairman of the Welfare Organisations Committee of Liverpool Council of Voluntary Service, of the Religious Advisory Panel of BBC Radio Merseyside and of the Mersey Mission to Seafarers.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Liverpool in 2001, and an honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2003. Nicholas was appointed Dean of Chichester in September 2002.
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