Archdeacon Stephen Forde set to be installed as Dean of Belfast
The new Dean of Belfast will be installed at a service in St Anne's Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.
The Venerable Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada and rector of the parishes of Larne and Inver with Glynn and Raloo, will become the 14th Dean of Belfast.
As part of the service, the new dean will be presented with symbols of the teaching, pastoral and sacramental ministry, including a Bible and the key to the cathedral.
He will be installed as dean by Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison.
Dean-elect Forde said: "With the redevelopment of the Cathedral Quarter and the arrival of 10,000 students at the University of Ulster, this is a time of new beginnings and new horizons.
"I hope the cathedral will be a place where people who are rushed and hassled by life's demands find rest and refreshment, a place of peace in a world of many pressures.
"I also hope the cathedral will be a place of ecumenical encounter, a place where bridges are built and barriers dismantled.
"Above all, I pray this will be a place where people discover how much they matter, because they will discover how much they matter to God.
"While I am excited at these new opportunities, I am also conscious that being Dean of Belfast is a massive challenge and a daunting task.
"All I can ask is that people pray for me, and work with me, to achieve God's ambitions for this great cathedral and to embrace all the opportunities of God's future."
The service will be attended by the Bishop of Connor, Down and Dromore, community and elected representatives, visiting bishops and leaders of other denominations.
Among the dean's duties will be acting as Black Santa at the cathedral's annual Christmas sit-out to raise money for charity.