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New Sacrist appointed to clergy of St Paul's

A Priest who has served in the Middle East as well as here in the UK has been appointed Sacrist of St Paul's Cathedral.

The Reverend Nigel Dawkins will take up his post this Autumn and become one of three Minor Canons at St Paul's, whose responsibilities include ceremonial, pastoral and musical elements of life of the Cathedral.

Nigel served his curacy in a parish in Surrey and then worked for three years in the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. As the Anglican Chaplain in Yemen he was responsible for running a health clinic which served the needs of the local population and as the Port Chaplain in Dubai he provided spiritual and practical support to seafarers in sometimes difficult circumstances.

A former IT consultant, Nigel is currently working with the Diocese of Southwark, investigating the use of web-based learning in ministerial training. He maintains a strong interest in how new technology can be used to support the mission of the Christian Church, most notably in the training of those called to lay and ordained ministry.

Outside his ministry, Nigel enjoys driving a 1972 MGB GT, reading the science fiction of John Wyndham and listening to the music of Canadian rock band Rush. He will move to St Paul's with his wife, Catherine, who is also a priest.

Nigel said: "I am excited about joining the team at St Paul's and look forward to taking part in the Cathedral's tradition of excellence in worship and engagement with society."

Nigel succeeds the Reverend Jason Rendell, who left St Paul's in June to become Chaplain to the Bishop of Chichester.