Meet Jersey’s New Catholic Dean

25th June 2018

The new Catholic Dean of Jersey says he’s looking forward to moving to the island.

Canon Dominic Golding will replace Monsignor Nicholas France when he retires in September.

Canon Dominic Golding will become the new Catholic Dean of Jersey in September. Image Credit: Diocese of Portsmouth.

Canon Golding has spent the last five years as the Dean of Portsmouth’s Catholic Cathedral. He says accepting the job was an ‘easy’ decision:

“When I was asked by the Bishop [of Portsmouth] to come here, I said yes immediately. He said ‘Do you want to think about it?’ and I said ‘No, I’m quite happy to say yes immediately’. One of the reasons was all the Catholic priests who’ve worked here, and I’ve got to know, have all really loved being a part of Jersey. They all loved the Catholic community, they’ve loved the way the Catholic community is very integrated into the rest of island life. So for me, it was an easy thing to say yes to.”

Jersey’s current Catholic Dean, Monsignor Nicholas France is retiring in September after 19 years as a Minister in the island. He says Canon Golding is the right man to succeed him:

“I trust Dominic very much, and I know the Bishop has been thinking very carefully about this. I’ve known the secret of his appointment for over a month, and it’s been difficult to keep quiet when people have been quizzing me on who’s coming. He’ll use all his own strengths and work closely with everyone at the Church as well – you can’t run the show by yourself!”

Canon Golding will take up the top job at the Catholic Church this September.

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