Its a funny thing when you find out about local news on Yahoo. I was signing into my yahoo mail account today when I saw the news that a new dean has been appointed for St Patrick’s Cathedral here in Melbourne, following the resignation of Monsignor Baron.
It is with great sadness that I wish to farewell Dean Baron. The circumstances of his resignation reflect unfairly upon the great service he gave to the Archdiocese and the Cathedral especially during his years as dean. I was often involved in visits of groups from other churches and other faiths to the Cathedral, and everyone commented on the obvious love and enthusiasm that Fr Geof had for the building as a house of God.
I personally am thankful to him for embracing the idea of a sung lunchtime mass on Fridays at 1pm. They were modest affairs–always unaccompanied–but I like to think that folk looked forward to them. The dean had a fine chanting voice, and it was always encouraging to hear the voices of the worshippers raised in the simple chant responses that made Friday lunchtimes special.
I don’t know anything at all about the new dean Fr Gerard Johnson–other than that he has been parish priest of the combined parishes of Kyneton and Trentham. I am looking forward to working with him, and especially hope that Monsignor Baron’s institution of sung masses at Friday lunchtimes will continue under his leadership.
I am told that Fr Johnson was the Vocations director for the Archdiocese prior to Fr Paul Stewart’s term in that office (prior to current occupant Fr Anthony Denton). He is highly spoken of around the office.