Clergyman to join the Cathedral Chapter – as canon librarian
A new member of the senior clergy at Canterbury Cathedral has been appointed.
The Rev Tim Naish is to be installed as canon librarian at the cathedral in April, following the approval of his appointment by the Queen.
He will become one of three cathedral priests known as residentiary canons and as such will be a member of Chapter – the cathedral’s governing body.
He takes over from the Rev Chris Irvine who moved to become a parish priest in Sussex in November 2016.
He will also be the cathedral’s director of education, organising training courses at Canterbury, including those for newly ordained clergy from around the Anglican communion.
Involved for many years with the Church Mission Society (CMS) in India, Zaire, Uganda and England, he was ordained in 1987 into the Anglican Church of the Congo.
Following his return to the UK, the married father-of-three became rector of a parish in Oxfordshire before joining the staff at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, near Oxford in 2006, training men and women for ministry in the Church of England, leading the non-residential programme and teaching the theology and practice of mission.
He said: “I will have a lot to learn about the life of the cathedral, and I come to it expectant, open, looking to contribute what I can, knowing that I am likely to receive at least as much as I can give.”
The Rev Tim Naish