New Provost of St Ninian's Episcopal Cathedral, Perth

As Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane I am very pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Stephen Holmes as Provost of St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth, in succession to the Very Revd Hunter Farquharson who retired in July 2023.

Stephen is currently serving as Rector of Holy Cross, Davidson's Mains and St Salvador's, Stenhouse in the Diocese of Edinburgh, having previously served as a parish priest in Cornwall, Associate Rector of St John's, Princes St, Edinburgh, and Assistant Priest of Old St Paul's with St Margaret's, Edinburgh. It is hoped that Stephen's Institution and Installation as Provost of St Ninian's Cathedral will take place in mid-September.

Sending his greetings to the Cathedral congregation and the Diocese, Stephen writes: "I am delighted to be appointed as Provost of St Ninian's Cathedral and look forward to moving to Perth with my family and getting to know the congregation, city and diocese. We have received a great welcome at St Ninian's on past visits to Perthshire and I look forward to working with the Vestry and Bishop Ian to develop the Cathedral's unique heritage as a centre of Christian mission and culture."

Stephen's appointment marks an exciting new chapter for St Ninian's. I am looking forward very much indeed to welcoming him and Izzie, with Bess and Mary (born at the end of May), and to working with Stephen as a colleague in ministry to the Cathedral, the Diocese and the City of Perth.

+Ian St Andrews