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Philip Hesketh to be next Dean of Rochester

Press release from Number 10

Dean of Rochester: Philip John Hesketh
From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
First published: 26 February 2016

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Dr Philip John Hesketh to the Deanery of the Cathedral Church Rochester.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Dr Philip John Hesketh, BD, AKC, PhD, Canon at Rochester Cathedral, to be appointed to the Deanery of the Cathedral Church Rochester.

Notes for editors

The Reverend Canon Philip Hesketh (aged 51) was educated at King’s College, London and trained for the ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his curacy at Bearsted with Thurnham, Canterbury diocese from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2005 he was Vicar of St Stephen’s Chatham in Rochester diocese. Since 2005 he has been Canon Residentiary at Rochester Cathedral.

Dr Hesketh is married to Sugina, a doctor, and they have 3 daughters and 1 son.

His recreations include entertaining, listening to music, reading biographies and keeping pigs.

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Fr David, I think Rose Hudson – Wilkin would be an outstanding choice. Fr Paul

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Malcolm Dixon

An excellent choice. If Dr Hesketh had been chosen the last time this post became vacant, as many in the diocese were hoping, they wouldn’t have had to repeat the exercise so soon.

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I love the biography – especially that bit about pig-keeping!

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Father David

On his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury the Press made much ado with regard to Robert Runcie’s keeping of rare Berkshire pigs. Although once he moved from St Albans to Lambeth I very much doubt if he had much time to devote to being a Swineherd.
The Swineherd of Stow is given great prominence on the North pinnacle on the West Front of Lincoln cathedral – St. Hugh occupies the South pinnacle. I believe that the humble Swineherd is currently undergoing restoration. What an honour to be given so lofty acclaim.