Bishop of Newcastle appoints the new Dean of Newcastle

A People’s Dean for the People’s Cathedral

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Venerable Geoff Miller is to be the new Dean of Newcastle.

Geoff, 62, Archdeacon of Northumberland, has been Acting Dean of Newcastle since January.

His appointment comes at an exciting time for Newcastle Cathedral as it progresses with its ambitious £6 million Common Ground in Sacred Space project to transform the nave, renew visitor facilities and reshape external spaces. The work will return the Cathedral to the community hub role it has played in the city centre for centuries, and shortly it will be submitting its Round Two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman said: “Geoff is passionate about the North East and about Newcastle, and I am excited to be announcing his appointment as our next Dean. He has played a pivotal role in our Diocese for many years and is deeply committed to serving our communities.

“This is an extremely exciting time for Newcastle Cathedral and Geoff’s inspirational leadership will ensure it continues be a place of sanctuary, hospitality, welcome and worship for everyone working and living in the city centre, and for the whole of our Diocese as its Mother Church.”

The Venerable Geoff Miller said: “We are on the cusp of something truly exciting here in Newcastle. There’s enormous energy and excitement as we look to the future of our wonderful Cathedral.

“We strive to be bold in everything we do, and together with our city centre partners, we’re committed to making sure Newcastle has a cathedral to be proud of – one that is diverse, visibly proud of its heritage and welcoming to everyone.”

The Reverend Canon John Sinclair, Residentiary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Geoff is to be the Dean of Newcastle. Geoff’s warm personality and desire to see others flourish is just what we need at this exciting time in the life of Newcastle Cathedral. His vision, energy and passion are highly infectious. The staff are buzzing with excitement about the future with Geoff at the helm. His appointment really is Good News!”

Geoff will be officially installed as Dean later this year.

MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Geoff, who has been a trustee of the Diocesan Retreat House, Shepherds Dene, for many years.

Northern Saints Pilgrimage Sunday 26th to Friday 31st August 2018.

Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating Christian heritage of the Northern Saints? Why not join experienced guide, writer and theologian, Revd. John McManners, and discover Oswald, Aidan, Cuthbert and Bede for yourself?

Visit the beautiful holy island of Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral, Oswald’s castle and Aidan’s shrine at Bamburgh and stay in the peaceful surroundings of Shepherds Dene, in the Northumbrian countryside, near Hexham. Transport will be provided for visits and there will be some quiet time to relax and refl ect at Shepherds Dene.

Places are limited, so please contact info@shepherdsdene.co.uk to book.

 Cost: £499 (full board, to include transport to sites of interest)

The pilgrimage will begin at 5.30pm on Sunday evening with a welcome and introduction. Rooms are available for arrivals from 4pm onwards. The pilgrimage will end after lunch on Friday.

Breaking news…our new Programme Event Brochure is now available

Breaking news…our new Programme Event Brochure is now available. We hope that you like the new format – it is designed as an A3 flier that folds into a leaflet, so that all the events are on one A3 sheet, which can be put on a notice board. Many thanks to Mike, our designer, for reworking it so well and for keeping the characteristics and feel of the old-style brochure. If you would like copies to be sent to you, we will be sending out a mail shot around 19th-20th October, so please get in touch on info@shepherdsdene.co.uk and we can send you some copies.  Click on the button the home page to see the new brochure.

Warden recommended to train for ordination

Warden Jane Easterby has recently been recommended to train for ordination in the Newcastle Diocese. Jane will study part-time with the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership, whilst working full time as Warden. It is envisaged that she will continue as Warden for the foreseeable future as a Minister in Secular Employment after ordination. Jane is thrilled and excited and is looking forward very much to starting her training in September.