New Dean of York Minster to be Installed

09th November 2022

The Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, United States, has been Installed as the 77th Dean of York.

The special service of Choral Evensong held in York Minster earlier in November included a new hymn specially composed for the new dean.

New Dean of York Minster Installed.

The service will be live-streamed to enable people to join from far and wide.

The service of prayers, readings and music will be sung by the Choir of York Minster and will include a special hymn composed for the new Dean.

At the service, Dean Dominic will give his first sermon in York Minster and will be commended in his new ministry by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

Dominic said:

“It is a great privilege to be called to serve as Dean of York. I am looking forward enormously to working alongside the dedicated team of staff and volunteers who keep the Minster operating, and getting to know the many communities for whom this remarkable cathedral church holds a special place in their lives.”

The Archbishop of York said:

“Dominic is a priest with a pilgrim heart. With his guidance and under his leadership, York Minster will continue to grow as a place of influence, hospitality and pilgrimage for our city, diocese and region. It is a great joy to be welcoming him to this wonderful place at a time of great opportunity and need for our church and nation.”

Dominic succeeds The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost who was installed as Bishop of Portsmouth in March.

The Service of Choral Evensong starts at 3pm and everyone is welcome.

Dominic began his ministry as Curate in the Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark. He served as a University Chaplain at St Chad’s, Durham before becoming Priest in Charge, and then Rector at St Peter & Paul with St Michael’s in Kettering in the Diocese of Peterborough.

He was installed as Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, in September 2015 after 20 years of ordained ministry in the Church of England.
Dominic has previously worked with the Arts Council to create and fund new regional touring opportunities for the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and other orchestras. He also worked for several years with some of Britain’s leading professional choirs and vocal groups.

Dominic is married to Alison, a music therapist, and they have two sons, Benedict and Linus.

Find out more about the new Dean of York Minster here.