The Rev Canon John Mann, former rector of the Parish of Cloughfern, was installed as Dean of Belfast at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening (August 30).
The service, during which the new Dean was also instituted as Vicar of the Cathedral Parish, was attended by representatives of community life in the city, visiting Bishops and leaders of the other main denominations in Northern Ireland.
The Dean was presented for institution into the Cathedral Parish by the Archdeacon of Belfast, the Ven Barry Dodds, and the Act of Institution was conducted by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy. Canon Mann was installed as Dean of Belfast by the Cathedral Chancellor, the Archdeacon of Down, the Ven Philip Patterson. He was then be presented to the people by the Bishop of Connor, and welcomed by the Very Rev Hugh Kennedy, Administrator of St Peter’s Cathedral, on behalf of all the church leaders.
Canon Mann served as curate assistant in Cloughfern Parish from 1979 to 1982 and later returned as rector between 1993 and 2002. He was also chaplain at Whiteabbey Hospital.
Born in Blackheath, London, 56-year-old Canon Mann has been rector of St John’s Parish, Malone since 2002. He was ordained a deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1981. The Dean is married to Helen, a practice nurse, and the couple have a daughter, Rowan and a son, David.
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