Cathedral says farewell to Michael

Michael Rawson is leaving Wakefield Cathedral.
Michael Rawson is leaving Wakefield Cathedral.

Wakefield Cathedral is saying goodbye to its sub dean, Michael Rawson, as he leaves for a new post in London.

Mr Rawson is set to join the team at Southwark Cathedral on London’s South Bank.

He spent two years as chaplain to the former Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, and was later appointed sub dean at the cathedral.

Mr Rawson said: “I’ve loved my time at Wakefield Cathedral. We have wonderful worship and music and I’ve worked with a fantastic team of people.

“We have a hit and run sort of ministry. People with little or no contact with church come to us when they need a listening ear.

“You can’t be a cathedral without loving the people you serve and that’s who we are at Wakefield Cathedral.”

During his time in the city, Mr Rawson conducted many high-profile funerals including the mayor and members of the armed forces.

He was also involved in the refurbishment of the nave at Wakefield Cathedral.

The Dean of Wakefield Jonathan Greener said: “We will all miss Michael terribly.

“He has been a stalwart of this cathedral without whom we would have struggled to be what we are today.”

Mr Rawson’s last service will be held at Wakefield Cathedral on Sunday, November 23, from 3.30pm.

He will be installed in Southwark on Sunday, December 14, from 3.30pm.

Spaces are still available on coaches going from Wakefield Cathedral at 10am for anyone wanting to go.

Call 01924 373923.