Chicago Calling

Adapted from Canticle Communications

St. James Cathedral in Chicago has called the Rev. Dominic Barrington to be its dean. Barrington has been rector of Ss. Peter and Paul, Kettering, 90 miles northwest of London, for 12 years. He and his wife, Alison, have two sons, Benedict, 7, and Linus, 5. Before ordination he spent five years with Arts Council England.

“In Dominic Barrington, St. James Cathedral has called a strong, loving, and wise priest to be its dean,” said the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago. “I believe he will be an inspirational leader at the cathedral, and a strong presence in the city of Chicago, championing the mission and ministry of the cathedral as a place of extraordinary hospitality, significant outreach, and excellence in the arts.”

Barrington, 52, will be installed as the cathedral’s dean on September 13, pending approval of non-immigrant visas for him and his family. Barrington described St. James as “a robust, educated, switched-on Christian community.”

Though he has served in the Church of England throughout his ordained ministry, Barrington spent a year as an exchange student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. He later developed an extensive network in the United States while organizing Holy Land pilgrimages.

“We were looking for a dean who could help us to open our doors to a greater cross-section of God’s people, deepen our involvement in the life of the city, and strengthen our arts and music program,” said Graham Bell, leader of the cathedral’s governing chapter. “We are delighted that Dominic has accepted our call.”

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