The Reverend Canon Philip Barratt will be installed as Canon Residentiary at Bangor Cathedral and the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area (Bangor) at a special service in Bangor Cathedral at 3:15pm on Sunday 16 July.
Philip joins the Bro Deiniol and Cathedral Ministry team from Manchester Cathedral, where he was Sub Dean.
Indeed, the last weeks of his ministry at Manchester Cathedral have seen Philip playing a major role in Manchester Cathedral’s response to the terror attack on 22 May, as Manchester’s Cathedral is only a stone’s throw from the Manchester Arena.
Looking forward to his new role in Bro Deiniol and Bangor Cathedral, Philip said, “I have hoped for many years now that the time would come where God would lead me to minister in North Wales, and I am so excited that this is now going to be possible in Bro Deiniol. I began learning Welsh whilst on sabbatical a few years ago, and I am really looking forward to ministering in a bilingual context and to be using and improving my Welsh every day.”
Welcoming Philip, the Dean of Bangor – the Very Reverend Kathy Jones – said, “I am delighted that Philip has chosen to come and be part of our team here in Bro Deiniol and Bangor Cathedral. I’m sure that he will be a valuable asset to our team, and it will be good to work alongside such an experienced Priest, who has begun to learn Welsh, even though he was not yet ministering in Wales!”
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said, “It will be a privilege to welcome Philip to our Diocese. He brings many gifts and I am sure that they will assist Bro Deiniol and our Cathedral as we strive to worship God, grow the Church and love the world to the best of our ability. Please do hold Philip and his family in your prayers.’
Philip was born in Manchester and before ordination worked first as a community worker and later as a professional musician, performing mostly in cabaret and theatre.
Upon selection for ordination he joined the Aston Training Scheme during which period he was a Lay Hospital Chaplain in a large Manchester hospital before training for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House Oxford and the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield in West Yorkshire. He was ordained Deacon in 1992 and Priest in 1993.
He has served his entire ministry thus far in the Diocese of Manchester and after 20 years in parish ministry the last five years he has been Canon Precentor of Manchester Cathedral being made Sub Dean in 2014.
In 2011 Philip also became a professed member of the Order of Anglican Cistercians, a dispersed and acknowledged religious community within the Church of England. In May 2017 he made his solemn profession in the community with two other brothers at Lambeth Palace before the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Having had family links with North Wales since early childhood, and in particular Llandudno where he still has a family home. He is married to Irene, a junior school Headteacher and they have one daughter Sarah who is 23 and works as a Wildlife Ranger on a game reserve in South Africa where she also runs a conservation programme.
Philip’s interests include walking, especially on the Great Orme in Llandudno, playing dinner jazz on the piano and traditional Welsh and Irish folk music on a variety of squeeze-boxes.