The Bishop of Chichester has appointed Professor Annemarie Mayer as one of the Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.
Annemarie holds a double doctorate from the Catholic Faculty of the University of Tübingen, where she taught for several years. She has also studied for shorter periods at University College, Oxford, and in Rome. She is currently professor of systematic theology and the study of religions at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, though she comes from South Germany, more precisely the town of Weingarten, which has the longest annual pilgrimage procession on horseback in Europe, in honour of a relic of the Precious Blood, brought there in the 11th century.
International ecumenism is a field in which Annemarie has very considerable experience. She has been a representative of the Roman Catholic Church in several bilateral international theological and inter-faith dialogues. From 2011 to 2013, by appointment from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, she held the worldwide unique full-time position of Catholic Consultant to the World Council of Churches and was based in Geneva for three years, acting also as associate professor of fundamental theology at the University of Fribourg.
Nor is Annemarie unknown in the Diocese of Chichester. Since 2007, she has been involved with the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, founded here in 2001, of which she is currently one of the academic co-editors and Bishop Martin is Patron. Finally, it can be said of her that, in addition to her scholarship and her ecumenical links, she brings with her the gifts of friendship and of hospitality.
Annemarie's installation as Canon of Honour will be on Sunday 18th March at Chichester Cathedral at 3:30pm in the context of Choral Evensong.