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The Very Revd Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester

The Very Revd Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester
The Very Revd Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester

The Dean of Chichester has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and developing the life of the Cathedral, in order to further its mission and ministry.  As a member of the Bishop of Chichester's Senior Staff, Bishop's Council and the Diocesan Synod he represents the Cathedral  in the Diocese and the county of Sussex.

As head of the Cathedral Foundation and its principal dignitary after the Bishop, he Chairs the Cathedral Chapter, and with it directs the life and work of the Cathedral.

The Dean presides over the College of Canons ensuring that the College is encouraged and enabled to make a full contribution to the life of the Cathedral and exercises leadership in the Cathedral's liturgy, preaching and pastoral care, to develop team working (with both lay and ordained colleagues) in its ministry, and is personally committed to its pattern of daily prayer.

The Dean ensures that the Constitution and Statutes are faithfully observed together with Chapter and has oversight of the Cathedral's development.  He takes the lead in securing funds for a secure, stable and financially independent future for the Cathedral, including staff, finance, compliance and the care of the fabric.

Stephen Waine studied Economics and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before training for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge.  After ordination he served as Assistant Curate of St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton, for four years and then, in 1988, became Minor Canon and Succentor of St Paul's Cathedral.  In 1993 he moved to St Edward's Romford in the Diocese of Chelmsford.  Before coming to Chichester Stephen was the Archdeacon of Dorset for four years.

Stephen has two children and his interests include music, both listening and singing; sailing; watching sport, particularly football and cricket; playing golf badly and entertaining friends.

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