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Southwark Canon from Office to Parish

8 Sept 2003

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Canon Bruce Saunders is to be the new Canon Pastor of Southwark Cathedral, taking responsibility for the Cathedral's parish activity. His new job includes care of the Cathedral congregations, the development of a faith development programme, as well as helping to ensure that the Cathedral plays its part in the life of the local community. He will also become Priest-in-Charge of St Hugh's, Bermondsey - about half a mile away in Crosby Row and part of Charterhouse-in-Southwark - which has been transferred into the Cathedral's care.

Bruce Saunders

Bruce Saunders, 56, is already on the staff of the Cathedral. Since 1997, he has been Canon Missioner for Church in Society and Executive Secretary of the Diocesan Board for Church in Society, serving the parishes of Southwark Diocese across a wide range of issues. He expects to be installed at St Hugh's and at the Cathedral in November.

Bruce says: "After six fascinating years thinking and talking and writing about the 21st Century Church's missionary task, I welcome this opportunity of testing what I've learned by returning to a priestly ministry more rooted in the lives of people and communities. The Cathedral and St Hugh's offer huge resources for people seeking God in this exciting and challenging part of London and are signs of God's presence in the city. I hope to help them develop those resources and make them more available to the people who live or work in the communities they serve."

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Tom Butler, comments: "I believe that the ministry of Canon Pastor will give ample scope for Bruce to use his considerable pastoral, musical, liturgical and poetic gifts. The people of the Cathedral and St Hugh's will benefit enormously."

Born and brought up in Salisbury, Bruce Saunders read English at Cambridge, then studied for the ministry at Cuddesdon College and in Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1971 and priest in 1972, and after serving in the Bristol and Portsmouth areas he came to Southwark Diocese as Team Rector of Mortlake with East Sheen (1984-97). He was also Rural Dean and Borough Dean of Richmond & Barnes.