ENS launches a four-part series on the ministry of cathedrals, featuring interviews with their deans. Further articles in the series will profile cathedrals in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Los Angeles, United States; and Paris, France.
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached March 9 during the 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The Very Rev. David Ison, dean of St. Paul’s, told the congregation that Jefferts Schori’s invitation to preach was an expression of the ongoing partnership between St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church.
The full text of Jefferts Schori’s sermon is available here. She previously preached at St. Paul’s on July 25, 2010.
“I give thanks for the remarkable witness and ministry of this cathedral, and pray that its faithful leadership may continue to bless the people of London and far beyond,” Jefferts Schori said recently.
Ison has served as dean of St. Paul’s since May 2012. In this ENS film profiling the ministry of St. Paul’s, Ison talks about the role of the cathedral today and throughout its 1400-year history, as well as the impact and lessons learned from the Occupy London movement that encamped outside the building for more than four months beginning October 2011.
Raised in Brentwood, Essex, Ison attended university in Leicester and theological college in Nottingham. At 24, he was ordained as a curate in Deptford, southeast London, where he was engaged in inner-city ministry and studied for a Ph.D. in early church history.
After a further three years as a tutor at a Church Army training college in Blackheath, Ison became vicar of Potters Green in Coventry.
From 1995, he served as a canon at Exeter Cathedral. In 2005, he became dean of Bradford with the task of rebuilding the cathedral’s ministry and mission.
Ison is married to Hilary Margaret Powell, who also is ordained. They have two sons and two daughters.
— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service.