Bishop confirms the appointment of two Honorary Canons.
The Dean of Westminster and an Oxford Associate Professor have been appointed as Honorary Canons of Chichester Cathedral. These appointments were confirmed today by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, who expressed his "delight that new links and relationships were being created for the Diocese.
The ancient Wiccamical Prebends, to which John Hall and Jennifer Strawbridge have been appointed, are designated as theological canonries and lectureships.
Dr Warner continued, “This enables us to invite people who are eminent in their field of teaching and theological reflection to enrich our life. By becoming part of the household of faith here in Sussex, we believe that they will encourage us to grow in wisdom and faith”.
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Revd Dr John Hall will take the Stall of the Prebendary of Bursalis and Mansfield College Associate Professor, The Revd Dr Jennifer Strawbridge will take the stall of the Prebendary of Bargham.
Dr Hall said today: "I am grateful to the Bishop of Chichester and delighted at the prospect of a formal association with Chichester Cathedral and Diocese, alongside my role at Westminster Abbey. Since my parents retired to Chichester in 1976 and loved the Cathedral, where their ashes are buried, I have many happy memories of the Cathedral, City and County."
Dr Strawbridge was also pleased with the news: "It is a great honour to be offered this honorary canonry at Chichester Cathedral, especially as the Diocese celebrates the Year of the Bible. I very much look forward to getting to know the Cathedral community and Diocese and to contributing to its theological reflection and growth." The installation will take place at the Cathedral in the context of Evensong on Saturday 20 January 2018 at 5.30pm.
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall was installed as the 38th Dean of Westminster in 2006. Prior to his appointment as Dean, John worked in Westminster from 1998 as the Church of England's Chief Education Officer, with overall responsibility for the Church’s strategy, policy and practice in relation to schools, including 5,000 Church of England schools, and universities and for the informal education and nurture of children, young people and adults in and through the Church.
The Revd Dr Jennifer Strawbridge is Associate Professor in New Testament Studies at Oxford University and Caird Fellow in Theology at Mansfield College, posts she has held since 2016. Most recently, she was Chaplain of Keble College for six years. Jenn has published on the letters of Paul in the early Church, as well as early Christian inscriptions, teaching, education, and doctrine.
A Prebend was the income from a manor or estate that belonged to the cathedral and was used to fund a priest who was a member of the cathedral staff. The connection with a particular place is now simply nominal. To be a Prebendary is nonetheless still a title of honour. It is one way in which a diocese recognises those who make a distinctive contribution to its life.