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Dean of Bradford to retire

The Dean of Bradford, the Very Rev Jerry Lepine, has announced that he will retire from the role this summer.

Diocese of Leeds Dean Jerry retires from role at Bradford Cathedral after 8 years service
Telegraph & Argus Dean of Bradford Cathedral, Very Rev Jerry Lepine, to retire

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Clare Amos
Clare Amos
1 month ago

I find it rather telling what gets lots of comments on TA and what gets very few – or none. So I want to wish Dean Jerry (who I don’t know personally) a happy and probably well deserved retirement. It sounds as though he has helped Bradford Cathedral and its ministry over a considerable number of years – probably to recover from the sticky patch I remember quite a while ago.

Last edited 1 month ago by Clare Amos
Adrian
Adrian
1 month ago

Is it time to consider whether there is sufficent reason to break the tradition of having one cathedral in a diocese?

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian

It was a parish church for centuries before it became a cathedral in the early 20th C. I wonder if a solution would be to designate it a Minster. This ancient title would retain its designation as a ‘special’ church, but not the centre of a diocese.

Incidentally, I served my title at Bradford Cathedral and can confirm Clare Amos’ memories of a ‘sticky patch’.

David Emmott
David Emmott
1 month ago
Reply to  Janet Fife

I was ordained in Bradford Cathedral. It’s always seemed to me an odd place; still very much a West Riding low-church civic church rather than an inclusive cathedral. I hope (and expect) it’s become more inclusive since; but it’s difficult to know what to do with it in the new diocese of Leeds. None of the existing cathedrals is in the right place to be ‘the’ cathedral; so either the diocese continues with three, or with none (not without precedent especially in the USA), or with a new one in a new location. Probably the present compromise is the best.

Liam Beadle
Liam Beadle
1 month ago

I want to echo Clare’s comment. Jerry is a lovely warm man, and his ministry at the Cathedral has been very widely appreciated. He is a gifted preacher, intellectually adventurous, and personable, friendly without in any sense being a mere people-pleaser. Many of us shall miss him and his wife Christine greatly.

Simon Bravery
Simon Bravery
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Beadle

This is an odd time to retire . Retiring from stipendiary office will also entail a change of address as the Dean and his wife leave the Deanery. They are in my prayers as they make this transition, as is the Cathedral as it awaits its new Dean.

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