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New Honorary Canons for Southwark Cathedral

28 Oct 2007

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The Rt Rev Dr Tom Butler, The Bishop of Southwark and the Very Rev Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, installed and collated five new Honorary Canons at Southwark Cathedral at Evensong on Sunday 28 October, the Feast of Ss Simon & Jude.

They are:
Giles Goddard - John Gower Stall
Hilary Johnson - John Harvard Stall
Geoff Mason - William Shakespeare Stall
Bill Musk - Edward Alleyn Stall
Christopher Wheaton - Peter de Roches Stall

At the same service the Bishop and Dean licensed and installed the Rev. Anna Macham as the Succentor of Southwark Cathedral, who was additionally licensed as Chaplain of Guy's Campus, King's College London on Tuesday 30 October.

The Rev. Roger Hill and the Rev. Michelle Thornton were also installed as Cathedral Chaplains.

In his address Bishop Tom referred to the Saints whose feast day was being celebrated and noted that Saint Jude was best known for being the patron saint of hopeless causes. He assured the congregation that being a minister in the Church of England was not a hopeless cause, even if the media seem to see it as a favourite 'Aunt Sally'. He went on to illustrate where the newly installed Canons, Chaplains and the Succentor were all involved in ministry in areas that were also not 'hopeless causes'. Three of the Canons work in thriving parish ministries of widely differing traditions and location, one of the Chaplains and the Succentor are involved with young people at a time when ignorance of the Gospel works in the Church's favour as a lot of young people haven't heard the story before. Another of the Canons meets with those who feel they are called to ordained ministry and advises bishops whether that call should be tested further.

Honorary Canons

An Honorary Canonry is an honour conferred by the Diocesan Bishop as an expression of appreciation of service to the Diocese. The new Canons, who are each allocated a stall in the Choir Stalls, will assist in the governance of the Cathedral in an advisory capacity and promote it in the wider Diocese. Each Canon is invited to celebrate the Eucharist in the Cathedral on the day allocated to their particular stall.