Reverend Canon Nicholas Charles Papadopulos, Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral and Director of Initial Ministerial Education 2 in the Diocese of Canterbury will be installed as the 81st Dean of Salisbury at Evensong at 15:30 on Sunday, 9 September. All are welcome to attend this service to greet and pray for him as he begins his ministry here.
The new Dean will be escorted to the main doors of the Cathedral by his former colleagues from Canterbury. He will be presented to the Bishop of Salisbury and the "Royal Letters Patent" will be read aloud. This document expresses both the approval and authorisation of HM The Queen for the new Dean to take up what is constitutionally a Crown appointment.
The procession will then move up the nave of the Cathedral to a position under the spire, where the new Dean will swear the oaths of allegiance to the Queen and obedience to the Bishop. The Bishop reads "The Deed of Institution", a legal document giving the Bishop's authority for Nicholas to function as Dean and priest in the Cathedral and Diocese of Salisbury.
After a prayer of blessing and a Bible reading, the Dean will be taken to his official seat in the Cathedral and "installed". The service will continue with Evensong - the daily rite of Evening Prayer - sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Following an anthem, the new Dean will preach a sermon and then will be greeted and welcomed by a number of community representatives. The service concludes with prayers, a hymn and a blessing given by the Bishop.
Canon Nicholas Papadopulos, aged 51, studied History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and Law at City University, London. He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1990 and practised at the criminal Bar for seven years. He trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and subsequently studied for his MA at King's College, London. He served his title as Assistant Curate at St Mark Portsea in the Diocese of Portsmouth from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was Senior Chaplain and Press Officer to the Bishop of Salisbury, and from 2007 to 2013 Vicar of Pimlico St Peter with Westminster Christ Church (St Peter’s Eaton Square) in the Diocese of London. Since 2013 he has been Canon Treasurer at Canterbury Cathedral and Director of Initial Ministerial Education 2in the Diocese of Canterbury.
Nicholas is married to Heather, and they have two teenage children. His interests include reading history, poetry and novels, listening to music (of all sorts), cooking and going to the gym and walking. He is also interested in Cyprus and Palestine.