The Very Revd Dr William Morton was elected Dean and Ordinary of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 9 May. He succeeds the Very Revd Victor Stacey who retired at the end of March. The Cathedral Chapter elect a new Dean from their own number. Dean Morton was made deacon in 1988 and ordained priest in 1989. He has been Dean of St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry since 1997. He was appointed to the Chapter of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as Prebendary of Howth in 2013. The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said, ‘I wish Dean Morton well on his election as the next Dean of the National Cathedral, and to this new phase of his life and ministry. I know that he will draw on his extensive and valuable experience as Dean of Derry in this important role in the life of the Church.’ The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, said, ‘I wish to express my good wishes to the Very Revd William Morton, Dean of Derry, on his election as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Dean Morton will bring a wide range of gifts to his new position. Personally, I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.’ The election was preceded by a celebration of the Eucharist by the Archbishop of Dublin. Following the election, the Deanelect, together with the Collegiate Body, processed to the Quire, where Te Deum was sung to the Festival setting by William Mathias by the Cathedral Choir. The Dean-elect will be installed on 24 September.
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