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Hundreds Attend Two Special Services to Mark The Retirement of The Dean of Chichester (posted 4 February 2014)

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Hundreds attend Two Special Services to Mark the Retirement of the Dean of Chichester: The Granting of the Freedom of the City of Chichester and a Farewell Evensong

The Dean with the Mayor of Chichester, with Freedom of the City Scroll
The Dean with the Mayor of Chichester, with Freedom of the City Scroll

Over the weekend Chichester Cathedral marked the retirement of the Dean of Chichester with two special services. The Dean, who has been in the post since September 2002, has been held in high and warm regard by the Cathedral Community, the city of Chichester and the wider public and retires at the end of February. On Saturday the Dean was granted the ‘Freedom of the City of Chichester,’ which is the highest honour the City Council can bestow. This was then followed by a special Farewell Choral Evensong on Sunday afternoon. The Dean delivered a sermon and the service was followed by a presentation of gifts and refreshments in a marquee on the Cathedral’s south-west lawn. Both The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and High Sheriff of the County were in attendance. 
The Cathedral Precentor, Canon Tim Schofield said: "We were delighted by the huge range of people who came to say farewell to Nicholas - family members and friends from across the world, former colleagues and parishioners, distinguised civic guests from across East and West Sussex, European ecumenical guests and members of the Cathedral congregation."

The Dean started his working life in retail, on the Harrod’s Management Training Scheme, but then changed career and worked as a Welfare Officer at Pentonville Prison.  It was during this time that he decided to train for ordination, studying theology at Exeter University and finally at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. After parish ministry in Peckham and Tooting, he moved to Liverpool in 1983 to become Canon Precentor of Liverpool Cathedral for four years.   This was followed by 15 years as Rector of the ancient Liverpool city centre parish: Our Lady and St Nicholas, finally becoming Dean of Chichester in 2002. He is particularly noted for his work in inter-faith and political reconciliation and his book ‘Pardon and Peace: Making of the Peace Process in Ireland’ is highly acclaimed. 
The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling is also Vice President of Pax Christi, Trustee and National Chaplain for the British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association and Trustee of the Institute of Food Brain and Behaviour.  He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Liverpool in 2001 and an honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2003.

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