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Sub-Dean of Southwark Appointed

11 Dec 2011

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The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun has appointed the Revd Canon Bruce Saunders as the new Sub-Dean of Southwark Cathedral. He replaces the Revd Canon Andrew Nunn who has been appointed Dean of Southwark. Canon Saunders will remain as Canon Pastor of Southwark Cathedral and Priest-in Charge of St Hugh's, Bermondsey, which is about half a mile away from Southwark Cathedral and is currently in the Cathedral's care.  

Bruce Saunders, 64, has been on the staff of the Cathedral since 1997, first as Canon Missioner and then as Canon Pastor. He was born and brought up in Salisbury and was a Choral Scholar at Cambridge, where he read English. He studied for the ministry at Cuddesdon College and in Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1971 and priest in 1972. He served in Bristol and Portsmouth Dioceses before coming to Southwark Diocese as Team Rector of Mortlake with East Sheen (1984-97). He was also Rural Dean and Borough Dean of Richmond & Barnes.  

He is married to Ros and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren. He is founder and Director of the early music group, New Renaissance Voices.He will take up his duties as Sub-Dean after the Revd Canon Andrew Nunn is installed as Dean.  

Commenting on his appointment Bruce Saunders said: 'I'm thrilled and grateful to have been invited to take on the responsibilities of Sub-Dean, while I continue my role as Canon Pastor. I greatly look forward to working with the new Dean at this most exciting and important time in the life of the Diocese and the Cathedral.'  

The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun says, 'Bruce Saunders will bring his wealth of experience of Cathedral life and ministry to his new role and I am pleased that he has agreed to take on the extra work and responsibility of Sub-Dean.I am sure that the whole Cathedral community will wish to join with me in wishing him well.'  

The Dean Designate, the Revd Canon Andrew Nunn, commented, 'I am delighted at Bruce's appointment and am looking forward to continuing to work closely with him'.