A FORMER Vicar of St Helens has been installed as the first missionary canon of a historic cathedral.
The Reverend Paul Rattigan will be responsible for overseeing the work of Southwell Minster in the areas of environmental and social justice ministry, education, child and family work and pastoral care, as well as developing the new partnership of the cathedral with the Christian development charity A Rocha UK.
Paul and his wife Anne moved to St Helens in 1995 where Paul served as curate in the Parr team before moving to St Matthews Thatto Heath as curate.
Most recently he was Canon Chancellor at Leicester Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Leicester, and before that he was Canon for Discipleship at Liverpool Cathedral.
A cathedral spokesman said: ‘The first church at Southwell was founded in the eighth century as a ‘Minster’, meaning a church from which the clergy would issue to ‘tend’ the area. surrounding at a time when this part of the country was still in the process of accepting Christianity.
“In our new context, as Nottinghamshire emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, Paul will lead the minister’s work of engaging in mission with our city, diocese and county.”
The Dean of Southwell, the Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, added: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the clergy team at the Cathedral. It joins an exciting time of opportunity for the Cathedral to be more outward-looking in sharing God’s love and hope with our city and diocese.
Paul will be fired at Evensong at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.