The Lichfield Cathedral community is set to say farewell to its popular Canon Chancellor.
The Revd Dr Pete Wilcox will become the Dean of Liverpool when he leaves the city on July 8.
His role in Lichfield has seen him take responsibility for the Cathedral’s education and outreach work and he has been involved in a number of initiatives since his appointment in 2006. He has also overseen and developed the display of the treasures such as the Lichfield Angel, the St Chad Gospels and the Cathedral libraries.
“The past five years have been exceptionally rewarding,” he explained. “There have been many highlights – but 2011 will always stand out for the work we did together in relation to the King James’ Bible anniversary and the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour.
“Lichfield has been an excellent place for our family home. With our youngest son about to leave school, however, we were in a position to consider a move. Given the time we have previously spent in Gateshead and Walsall, perhaps a return to a more urban environment was inevitable.
“We have been overwhelmed by the expressions of kindness and good wishes we have received since the announcement of my appointment was made in March and are extremely grateful for the assurance of so many prayers.”
A farewell service will take place at 10.30am on Sunday.
The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, added: “Although Lichfield Cathedral will be sad to lose Pete Wilcox as Canon Chancellor, the challenge of becoming the next Dean of Liverpool looks like an excellent match for his temperament, experience and theological communication skills.
“Pete has brought enthusiasm and great loyalty to Cathedral life. He sees clearly how well-placed cathedrals are in furthering Christian mission and dialogue with our culture and the role they can play in deepening and sustaining Diocesan life.
“He has been a really important member of the Cathedral team and we’re going to miss his gift for friendship, his clear thinking and his ability to get things done.”