A NEW Dean appointed to Wakefield Cathedral has plans to make it a ‘sanctuary for all’.
The Ven Jonathan Greener will take up his post at a time of transition at the cathedral which has a multi-million pound redevelopment plan.
His role as Dean of the diocese encompasses the Kirklees area and he wants to reach out to the wider community; religious or otherwise.
A former student at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, Jonathan said: “I want our cathedral to be a beacon for the gospel.
“I want to create a sanctuary for those with Christian faith, those of different faiths and those without faith.
“I have a passionate belief that Christianity is a force for good and in a world where people are increasingly self-sufficient, isolationist and materialistic, it seems to me that the message of the gospel can challenge and transform. I want our cathedral to be at the heart of all that.”
Earlier this year, clergy at Wakefield Cathedral raised funds to overhaul the lighting system, introduce flexible seating and make it easily accessible.
There are also plans to build a glass atrium between Treacy Hall and the cathedral and create a new meeting space.
The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, said: “Jonathan will be a dynamo in all that he does.
“His energy, imagination and vision will take forward the crucial work of the cathedral’s development and enhance the mission of the church in the Wakefield diocese.”