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Many people have an image of Cathedrals as quiet, secluded places where the pace of life is slow. Whilst the Cathedral itself is a haven of peace and a place for reflection and prayer, the life of the Cathedral is actually very full. There are over 50 staff members, including the clergy, administrative staff and professional musicians. In addition, a large number of volunteers offer their time and skills to the Cathedral, as welcomers and guides, flower arrangers, bellringers and servers. Without them the Cathedral could not offer the quality of welcome and care that it does. Details of some of the organisations and people involved can be found below.
The Very Revd Victor Stacey, B.A., M.Th.
Born in Co. Wexford, Dean Stacey was educated in Kilkenny College, Mountjoy School, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast. He was Ordained in 1972, and has served in parishes North and South. He was elected to the Prebend stall of Maynooth in 1997 and elected Dean of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in 2012.
The Revd R.C. Reed, B.Sc.
Canon Robert C. Reed has been associated with Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for 25 years since his ordination to the Priesthood in 1988 serving as a Minor Canon; Succentor (1992); Treasurer (1996) and Precentor (2001). As senior dignitary, he has served as acting Dean on occasions. By virtue of these positions, he has been an ex-officio member of the Cathedral Board; Chairman of its Music Sub-Committee; a Governor of the Cathedral Grammar School and a member of its Board of Management.
The Revd Patrick Lawrence, M.A.
Born in 1951 in Rochfortbridge Co Westmeath, he studied at Trinity College Dublin and was ordained a Deacon in 1981 and a priest the following year. In 1985 he was appointed Rector of Templebreedy with Tracton and Nohoval in Cork, and he served there until 1992. He moved to Meath and Kildare in 1992 to become Rector of Geashill with Killeigh and Balllycommon where he served until 1998. During that period he became a Canon of Kildare Cathedral (in 1992) and was appointed Archdeacon of Kildare from 1993 and Archdeacon of Meath from 1997. In 1998 he was appointed Rector of Julianstown and Colpe with Drogheda and Duleek. In 1999 he was elected to the Prebendary of Monmohenock by the Chapter of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. He has been Rector of Monkstown since 2009.
The Revd Hueston Finlay, M.A., B.A.I., B.Th., Ph.D.
Canon Finlay was born and brought up in Portlaoise where his parents still live. He was educated at Wesley College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. His initial degree was in Engineering and he then turned to the study of theology – his doctorate is from King’s College, London. Ordained in 1989 for the curacy of Kilkenny, he was then curate of Great St Mary’s Cambridge. From 1995 he was Fellow and Chaplain and then Dean of Magdalene College, Cambridge. From 2004 he has been canon of the Queen’s Free Chapel of St George within Windsor Castle. There he is also warden of St George’s House which was founded by the Duke of Edinburgh as a staff college for the Church of England. He was appointed Treasurer by the Dean in 2011, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II consented to this appointment.
The Revd Charles Mullen, B.Th.
Born in 1964, he was educated at St. Peter's Collegiate School, Wolverhampton, and Trinity College Dublin. He was ordained in 1992 for Down Cathedral and was the incumbent of Gorey (Diocese of Ferns), 1995-2000. Revd Mullen has been Dean's Vicar and Resident Preacher at Saint Patrick's Cathedral since 2000, and was elected to the Prebendary of Rathmichael in 2008.
Mr. Gavan Woods, Cathedral Administrator
Gavan has a long background working in Ireland's built heritage, first with visitor services in the Office Of Public Works and subsequently as part of the team at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Administrator since 2010 he is responsible for the financial affairs of St Patrick's to the Board and leads the lay staff who work in the Cathedral.
Mr. Louis Parminter, Cathedral Manager and Dean's Verger
Louis has been involved in the life of Saint Patrick's for most of his life. Having been a boy chorister here and a pupil of the Cathedral schools he was appointed Dean’s Verger in 1993 while still attending the Cathedral Grammar School, a role he still holds today. Following on a diverse career path in both the public and private sectors, Louis was appointed Assistant Supervisor in Saint Patrick’s in 2000, and Cathedral Manager in 2010. Louis is responsible for the day to day activities in the Cathedral including visitor care, staff supervision, event management and maintenance of the building.
Mr. Colin Chadwick, Cathedral Assistant Manager
Colin was Sexton at Saint Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny and then Verger at Southwark Cathedral. He has an academic background in tourism. He has been the Cathedral Assistant Manager and Safety Officer since 2011.
Mrs. Jennifer Hickey, Office Manager and Dean's Secretary
Jennifer joined the Cathedral staff in 1995. Prior to this she worked in The Representative Church Body. She is currently secretary to the Dean and office manager.
Mr. Stuart Nicholson, Organist and Master of the Choristers
Stuart studied at the Royal College of Music with John Birch, during which time he was awarded scholarships at the Temple Church, St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street and St. Paul’s Cathedral; he became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in organ performance with honours and graduated with a first class honours in July 1997. He then toured the USA and Europe whilst serving as Acting Assistant Organist with the mixed choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. Full Biography
Mr. David Leigh, Assistant Organist
David Leigh is the Assistant Organist and Director of the Cathedral Girl Choristers at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin. He also pursues a busy freelance career as conductor, orchestral keyboard player and organist, and is musical director of chamber choir The Gaudete Singers and of the University of Dublin Choral Society, and chorusmaster of the Culwick Choral Society. Freelance work includes regular appearances in a wideranging repertoire with the RTE Concert Orchestra and frequent work with other major Irish performing groups. Full Biography
Mr. Andrew Smith, Education Officer
Andrew graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 with a four year degree and masters in History. In 2005 he graduated from UCD with a H-Dip in Education and began his career as a history teacher. Since then Andrew has switched focus and began to work in the field of heritage/ museum education working in Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks and in the National Army Museum in London. He joined Saint Patricks in 2011 as the Cathedral’s first ever Education Officer.
The Chapter is made up of four Dignitaries (Dean, Precentor, Chancellor and Treasurer); the Archbishop of Dublin; twelve Diocesan canons to represent each of the twelve sees; nine Chapter canons elected by the Chapter; and two Ecumenical canons elected by the Chapter.
The Cathedral Board is responsible for matters of finance, the maintenance of the Cathedral’s fabric, and the employment of staff. The Board’s membership is made up of clergy and laity. Much of its work is devolved to its sub-committees who report to the Board at its monthly meetings.
Members of The Friends of Saint Patrick's Cathedral are of all denominations and of none. Each Friend's name is inscribed in the Friends' Roll, kept on display in the Cathedral. Each week a page of the roll is turned. The activities of The Friends of Saint Patrick's Cathedral include a Festival Service and a Garden Party in June, visits to places of interest and fund raising events. Click here for further details.
Bells have been part of Saint Patrick's Cathedral for a long time. Their first mention was in 1244 and in 1443 the Dean and Chapter put a large bell in the Tower. In 1670, a peal of 8 bells was installed. In 1897 the ring was replaced by a ring of 10 bells as a gift from Lord Iveagh and we now have a total of 15 bells in the Tower.
Are you interested in becoming a bellringer? Bell ringing is a traditional skill and for many, a contribution to church life. It is suitable for all over the age of twelve and is practised not only in Ireland but in the British Isles, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and the United States of America. Bell ringing can be mastered by most people. With training and practice the learner can move on to ringing with the rest of the band (team). Ringers meet regularly for weekly practice on a Tuesday 18.30-19.30. If you wish to find out more about bellringing, please click this link.