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Advent Retreat

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - December 5 @ 3:00 pm


Taking inspiration and hope from the Advent Antiphons

Leader:  The Very Revd John Dobson

Advent is a time to be honest about ourselves, the Church and the world as we await the coming of Christ. John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, will help us to find inspiration and hope from the ancient Advent Antiphons, through bible study, prayer, contemplation, and conversation.  And relaxed and refreshed, we shall be better prepared to celebrate the great feast of Christmas.

The Very Reverend John Dobson was appointed Dean of Ripon in June 2014 following 25 years of ministry in the Diocese of Durham.

Dean John is delighted to be ministering in his native Yorkshire at a Cathedral that has been important to him since his childhood and which serves a vast rural area as well as the whole of West.

While at Ripon, he has led the Cathedral community in an envisioning process that has resulted in the strategy, ‘Growing God’s Kingdom’.  This is shaping the growing and nurturing of the congregation, the development of the Cathedral as a centre of heritage, pilgrimage and tourism, and the mission extended through the Cathedral to the people and communities of the region.  In 2019 Dean John became a deputy lieutenant for the County of North Yorkshire.

John is married to Nicola who is the head teacher of a North Yorkshire C of E aided primary school. They have two children who are establishing their careers in London. John and Nicola are church bell ringers; they enjoy walking in the Yorkshire Dales, Scotland and the Alps.


December 2 @ 4:00 pm
December 5 @ 3:00 pm