Cler­gy­man to join the Cathe­dral Chap­ter – as canon li­brar­ian

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

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

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