Richard Capper

Eighth Vicar of Saint Faith's

















A mathematics graduate of Leeds University and a “Westcott House man” by training, Fr Richard Capper arrived at St Faith`s in September 1983. From the outset he demonstrated a deep conviction in, and practice of, a sensitive ministry of parish visiting and pastoral care. Much of his predecessor`s work was built upon and carried forward, and both Fr Richard and his wife Angela assumed chairmanships of the governing bodies of local schools. During his thirteen and a half years in the parish, Richard Capper endeared himself to young and old alike, and the personalised and moving tributes he paid at funerals of deceased parishioners became a distinctive and abiding feature of his incumbency. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, he was asked to don the mantle of Area Dean of Bootle, a post which he held with distinction from 1989-1997. Also like his predecessor, he enjoyed the strong, generous and much-valued support of his wife, and of their three children, David, Matthew and Ruth. In February 1997, at the invitation of an “old boy” of St Faith`s, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Wakefield, Fr Richard left St Faith`s to take up the post of Canon Pastoral, and, subsequently, Vice-Provost, at Wakefield Cathedral. The presentations made to him and his family and the many tributes received, were clear evidence of the esteem and affection in which he and his family were held at St Faith`s.
A mathematics graduate of Leeds University and a “Westcott House man” by training, Fr Richard Capper arrived at St Faith`s in September 1983. From the outset he demonstrated a deep conviction in, and practice of, a sensitive ministry of parish visiting and pastoral care. Much of his predecessor`s work was built upon and carried forward, and both Fr Richard and his wife Angela assumed chairmanships of the governing bodies of local schools. During his thirteen and a half years in the parish, Richard Capper endeared himself to young and old alike, and the personalised and moving tributes he paid at funerals of deceased parishioners became a distinctive and abiding feature of his incumbency. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, he was asked to don the mantle of Area Dean of Bootle, a post which he held with distinction from 1989-1997. Also like his predecessor, he enjoyed the strong, generous and much-valued support of his wife, and of their three children, David, Matthew and Ruth. In February 1997, at the invitation of an “old boy” of St Faith`s, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Wakefield, Fr Richard left St Faith`s to take up the post of Canon Pastoral, and, subsequently, Vice-Provost, at Wakefield Cathedral. The presentations made to him and his family and the many tributes received, were clear evidence of the esteem and affection in which he and his family were held at St Faith`s.

In 2004, at the conclusion of his contract at Wakefield, Richard Capper accepted the post of Canon Pastor at Norwich Cathedral. His installation as a Residentiary Canon took place there on Saturday 12th February, 2005; he is pictured opposite on that occasion. Follow this link for the illustrated story of the event. He is seen again in the pulpit of  the magnficent cathedral in September, 2006

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