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Guildford Cathedral announces new Honorary Canons

Date: 22 July 2013
Guildford Cathedral has announced the appointment of six new Honorary Canons this September, in recognition of their long and dedicated service in the diocese.

Diocesan Director of Ordinands the Revd William Challis and parish priests the Revd Karen Hutchinson and the Revd David Willey have all been invited to become clergy canons, while the chairman of the Cathedral Council Lady Elizabeth Toulson will be awarded the title of lay canon and the Roman Catholic bishop of Arundel and Brighton Bishop Kieran Conry and Chair of the Methodist South East District the Revd John Hellyer are to be Ecumenical Associates.

Candidates for an Honorary Canonship are selected by the relevant diocesan bishop, in this case Bishop Christopher, and reviewed by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral before being awarded. Each canon has their own ‘stall’ or seat in the cathedral which they take up for special services.

"Delighted and honoured"

Bishop Christopher said: “It has given me the greatest pleasure to make my final five canonical appointments.”

Karen Hutchinson, vicar of the United Benefice of The Bourne and Tilford and National Association of Diocesan Advisers on Women’s Ministry (NADAWM) representative for the diocese, said: “I am delighted and honoured to be invited to become an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral, which has been a part of my life since I first attended Easter Monday Pilgrimages as a teenager many years ago.

“I look forward to serving the cathedral and diocese in this way.”

William Challis said: “I feel very honoured to be appointed an Honorary Canon by Bishop Christopher, and in our team we are delighted at this recognition of our work in promoting and encouraging new ministries across the diocese.”

David Willey has served as Team Rector of St Peter Farnborough for 11 years and was also Rural Dean when he cared for clergy from across the deanery with compassion and wisdom.

The new Honorary Canons will officially be installed during the Choral Evensong and Installation of Canons at Guildford Cathedral on 8 September at 6:30pm – apart from the Revd John Hellyer who has prior commitments and will be installed later in the year.

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