Thought of the week
Canon Dominic Golding has been appointed the next Dean and Parish Priest of the Catholic Church in Jersey. This was announced by Bishop Philip Egan last Monday. Currently Canon Dominic is the Vicar General of the Diocese and Dean of St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.
The Canon plans to take up office in the second half of September, after celebrating his 50th birthday. His formal Inauguration will take place in October. A native of Southampton, he was ordained priest in 1994. Previous to his present appointment, he was parish priest of the principle parishes in Reading and Basingstoke.
I am truly delighted with this appointment and grateful to the Bishop for giving us his Cathedral Dean and Vicar General, quite a compliment for Jersey! I know that you will take Canon Dominic to your hearts and discover that he will be a most effective leader for the Church in our Island.
Today’s feast of the Birthday of St John the Baptist begins with the first reading from Isaiah, which Canon Dominic could make his own. For some years he has been telling me that he has felt God’s call to come to Jersey to succeed me when I retire.
So I now believe that the Canon can say with Isaiah “Islands, listen to me… The Lord called me before I was born, from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.… He said to me ‘You are my servant in whom I shall be glorified’… I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength”.