Dean Patrick Mitchell, Dean of Wells 1973–1989

It is with great sadness that we learnt recently of Dean Mitchell’s death. There will be a Sung Eucharist in the Quire on Monday 24th February at 2.30 p.m., to give thanks for his life and to commend his soul to God.

This Cathedral has much to be grateful for in Patrick Mitchell’s life and ministry as Dean of Wells. Working closely with friends and colleagues, he laboured tirelessly to restore the fabric of the Cathedral: and the last West Front restoration of the 1980s is a testimony to his labours. But there was more than care of fabric. Patrick loved the ethos and spirit of the place. And he brought it to life with preaching, pastoral care, and attention to community. As a former parish priest in the diocese, and its Director of Ordinands, he was also able to keep the closest links with the clergy and lay people of Bath and Wells diocese. His was a distinguished tenure, and few were surprised that he became Dean of Windsor before eventual retirement. We will give thanks for so much on 24th February. All are invited.

John Davies, Dean of Wells