The Dean

The Dean: Peter Bradley

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:26

Dean Peter Bradley

Peter is Irish. He was born in 1964, and was brought up in Belfast. He came to university in England, and has worked here ever since. Peter was ordained in 1988. From 1990 to 1995, he was Chaplain of Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge, and he has served in three parishes in the south of England.

Peter has been the Dean of Sheffield since 2003. He is the youngest dean of an English cathedral for some four hundred years, but Peter says that he feels quite grown up now. He chairs the board of a regional charity working with rough sleepers and drug users, and is leading a major regeneration project in Sheffield, working with the EU and regional funding bodies. He was recently awarded a Fellowship at the College of Preachers in National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Peter’s academic interests include psychotherapeutic approaches to religion, systems theory, and theology. He has acted as a mentor to people taking up strategic leadership positions in the Church and other voluntary organizations, and has also worked with the Windsor Leadership Trust. In his spare time, Peter enjoys the cinema and painting, and he pretends to be interested in Rugby League so that the congregation won’t beat him up.

The word dean comes from the Latin for sergeant, and Peter’s ministry is to be a sort of sergeant of the diocese! He holds three main roles. He is the senior priest of the Diocese, and works closely with the Bishops to support them in their ministries of oversight, for example, by sharing in clergy reviews. The Bishops share with the Dean their mission to organizations that fall outside the parish system, and our responsibilities as the Established Church. As a consequence, Peter spends much of his time developing new relationships with business and community leaders, in pastoral care and evangelism. Finally, he is the senior priest at the Bishop’s Church, the Cathedral, and he leads the team of clergy and lay people who share in the mission of the Cathedral ‘to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ, and so become true witnesses to God’s kingdom, and a place for all people’.


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