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Faull next Dean of York

13 July 2012

THE Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, will be the next Dean of York, Downing Street announced on Thursday of last week.

Dean Faull, who is 57, succeeds the Very Revd Keith Jones, who retired on 30 April. A statement from WATCH (Women and the Church) said: "For a woman to hold such a senior position in the Church of England is a great encouragement to all who have worked for such a moment."

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said that Dean Faull's "rich experience, and her deep trust in God and love for all people" would help York Minster "as it seeks to serve the mission of God".

Dean Faull was appointed Dean of Leicester in 2000, the first woman to be in charge of an English cathedral.

She said: "I am honoured and delighted to have been nominated by HM the Queen to be the next Dean of York, and excited about moving back north."

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