The Very Reverend Dean of Canterbury, Dr Robert Willis, made the following announcement this morning (Wednesday 28 March 10:00)
“It gives me great pleasure to announce to you all that the Queen has approved the appointment of Canon Nick Papadopulos as the new Dean of Salisbury. This has been announced from 10 Downing Street this morning. Obviously I feel sad at losing such a wonderful friend and colleague and I know we will all feel that, but nevertheless Nick will bring both experience and wonderful gifts to his new position and he is no stranger to Salisbury, having served there as Bishop’s Chaplain and Communications Officer earlier in his ministry. Here in Canterbury his considerable energy and gifts have been used to carry through very successfully the first stages of the restoration project and our plans for future interaction with the local community but he has also been active in the diocese in the training of curates and he and Heather, Barnaby and Thea have been our neighbours and close friends for the last five years so that we shall miss them hugely. There will be a time later on to express our gratitude and thanks to them all but meanwhile we think of him in Salisbury today as the announcement is made. Nick will be installed in Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday September the 9th and his ministry here will come to an end at the end of July”.
Speaking just before the announcement was made Canon Nick said
“I have been so lucky to serve at Canterbury Cathedral and will leave with a host of wonderful memories: Archbishops Justin’s enthronement; the Queen’s visit; the ‘Yes’ from the Heritage Lottery Fund; and the daily thrill of seeing the Corona and Quire from our garden gate. Above all I have appreciated – and shared – the great love that so many who live and work here have for this extraordinary place: I have been surrounded by fantastic colleagues. My family has been very happy in Canterbury and we have made many friends. I am exhilarated at the prospect of my new ministry in Salisbury, and I could not have been better prepared for it”.
The official announcement from Downing Street can be read here.