On the evening of Sunday 20 October Fr Matthew Habron was formally Inducted as Dean of Leeds Cathedral and Parish Priest of the Parish of Mother of Unfailing Help. The Induction was performed by Bishop Marcus during the Sunday evening Mass, at which members of the Cathedral Chapter and clergy friends of Fr Matthew’s also concelebrated. In his homily the Bishop emphasised the importance of collaboration between the Dean and all the members of Cathedral community in ensuring that the Cathedral is effective both as the symbol and the reality of the Church’s presence in the wider community of the city of Leeds. He was confident that this would be the case under Fr Matthew’s leadership in the years ahead.
Fr Matthew succeeds Mgr Philip Moger who was Dean from 2008 until September of this year and who is now the Parish Priest of St John Mary Vianney in North Leeds. Fr Matthew is no stranger to the Cathedral or the parish as he was Assistant Priest here from 2012-16. Before taking up his present appointment he was Private Secretary to Bishop Marcus and Assistant Priest in the parish of St John Henry Newman in Leeds.
Our picture, taken after Mass, shows Fr Matthew with his parents, Stephen and Christine Habron. Along with other relatives and friends and members of the Cathedral community they then retired to Wheeler Hall for what had been billed as ‘light refreshments’ but in fact turned out to be a splendid buffet meal; and with wines served as well it was a welcome opportunity to toast Fr Matthew’s appointment and to wish him all the very best in his new role.