The new "Rochester Cathedral"
He said: “There cannot be many places where the Cathedral and Castle were built by a bishop – Bishop Gundulf. They stand majestically together on the River Medway and the approach by train from London is one of the most impressive in Britain.
“It is great that a train has been named after it and I was delighted to be there to unveil its plaque.”
The two Class 375 trains that have been named Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle run on Southeastern’s mainline service between coastal Kent and central London.
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Installation of new Dean
A prayer for the victims of the atrocity in Orlando
we acknowledge that we live in a world
wherein so much can be good but also so much can be hateful.
We pray for all victims of hatred and resentment,
especially those killed in Orlando, and we commend them to you.
We pray for all who mourn for them and ask ‘why?’
Hold them, merciful Lord, grant peace and reassurance
and let your light shine on our darkened world.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
New Dean for Rochester Cathedral
He said, “I feel it is an enormous privilage to have been asked to be Dean at this time. The Cathedral faces enormous challenges and I am confident that together under God we can meet them. I have been truly humbled by the warmth of support I have received during my time as Acting Dean, and by the confidence and trust that others have placed in me. It is important to remember that no one is an island and it is only together that we can be what God wants us to be. Each of us has been called to serve in various ways and to make a difference. I look forward to continuing the bonds of friendship that have already been forged over many years, and building upon them for the greater good of the community and the furtherance of the kingdom of God.”
The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester said, “I warmly welcome the news that Canon Philip Hesketh is to be the next Dean of Rochester. Phil was nominated to the Crown for this post through a full and open process, during which he demonstrated his capacity to lead the Cathedral community in the next phase of its life. Phil is already well-known to the Cathedral and wider community, not least through his recent time as Acting Dean. I assure him of my prayers as he prepares to move into the substantive post, and I look forward to working closely with him in the years to come.”