The Bishop of Leicester is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Paul Rattigan, Canon for Discipleship at Liverpool Cathedral, to the combined role of Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Canon Chancellor at Leicester Cathedral. The date of Paul’s installation will be announced in due course.
Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani – whose role includes that of Sponsoring Bishop, overseeing and supporting the vocations of those called to ordained ministry – also welcomed Paul’s appointment. Bishop Guli said: “I’m very excited about working with Paul who combines a real love for Cathedral ministry with a passion for vocations. He will be a great asset to the team here in Leicester and we’re looking forward to welcoming him.”
The Very Revd Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, said: “A third of Paul’s time will be spent on Cathedral educational work. He will bring much experience in this area. As we welcome Paul, we pray he will thrive and help us become more of ‘a beating heart for city and county.”
Paul, who is married to Anne and has a daughter who lives with her family in Nottingham, has himself spoken of his connections to the Midlands and his commitment to both cathedrals and vocation.
He said: “Vocations and discipleship have long been a passion of mine. Cathedrals are a more recent love but no less important in my calling to this new role. I grew up in the Midlands and then went to university where I studied various subjects before moving to Liverpool to teach maths and psychology. It was here that my call to ordained ministry crystallised and I was ordained in 1995 at Liverpool Cathedral.
“Since then I have served in various parishes from inner city to suburbia in both Birmingham and Liverpool. I was delighted to return to Liverpool five years ago to become Canon for Discipleship but surprised to find myself at the cathedral which is not my background at all. Since then cathedrals have gotten under my skin and I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to focus on discipleship.
“Having been involved in careers guidance before ordination, I quickly became part of the vocations team during my curacy and have continued this for over 20 years. Firstly becoming Examining Chaplain, then Diocesan Vocations Adviser and currently a BAP adviser as well as working closely with St Mellitus North West. Therefore, when I saw this post where I could more fully serve within the vocations field as well as keeping my love of cathedrals and discipleship going I felt a definite call to this post.
“There are changes currently going on within the discernment and training for ordained ministry and new ones for the future. I am looking forward to being part of a newly formed team, walking with people, as together we discern what God is doing in their lives.
“I will be sad to leave Liverpool and our friends but my overarching impression of Leicester, and the people I met during the interview process, was how hospitable everyone was. I am very excited about getting to know new friends and a new area.”