Welcome from the Dean
York Minster invites everyone to discover God's love through our welcome, worship, learning and work. For over a millennium, people have come to seek inspiration in this place of wonder. York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a masterpiece in stained-glass and stone, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history and its vast spaces are brought to life with the glory of worship and heavenly music.
Today as a working cathedral, we welcome visitors from around the world to share in our daily life and worship, explore the past and enjoy a busy programme of events and concerts. This wonderful heritage belongs to us all, and we invite you to experience it for yourself.
The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York
Born in Berkshire in May 1955, Vivienne Faull was raised on the Wirral. She studied at The Queen’s School in Chester and Saint Hilda’s College, Oxford where she read Modern History.
After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India for two years and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and Nottingham University.
Ordained by David Sheppard in 1982, she served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool until 1985, moving to become Chaplain and then Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge, being made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987.
Vivienne began cathedral ministry in 1990 as Chaplain at Gloucester Cathedral, the place where she married Michael, a Physician, and where she was ordained priest in 1994. In the same year she moved to become Canon Pastor, and later Vice Provost, at Coventry Cathedral.
In 2000 she moved 35 miles east to become Provost of Leicester (the first woman to lead a Church of England cathedral). She was appointed by the Crown as Dean of Leicester in 2002 where she had oversight for a significant development of the cathedral’s site and facilities as well as its work as a place of gathering for all peoples at the heart of one of the most diverse cities in Europe.
She became a governor of Leicester College, one of the largest and most diverse further education colleges in the country, and a Trustee of Leicester’s Curve Theatre.
From 2009 – 2016 she served as Chair of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body), negotiating on behalf of cathedrals with Government, the National Church Institutions and other major stakeholders.
In 2012, Vivienne Faull was appointed Dean of York, midway through the York Minster Revealed Project – the biggest conservation and restoration project of its kind in Europe at the time.
In 2016 she became Chair of the Deans’ conference, convening and representing the English Anglican Deans. She is currently serving a second term on the English Anglican Roman Catholic committee for ecumenical conversations.
In 2011 she took part in the Windsor Experienced Strategic Leadership Programme and is a member of a Windsor Chief Executives working group.
Dean Faull was made an Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge in 2012. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Gloucester in 2014. Vivienne received two further academic awards in 2015 when she was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of York and an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Chester.