From Ex­eter to New York

The Church of England - - Comment -

St Thomas Fifth Av­enue in Man­hat­tan, which vies with Trin­ity Church on Wall Street for the ti­tle of wealth­i­est par­ish in the Angli­can Com­mu­nion, has ap­pointed an English priest, Canon Carl Turner, the Pre­cen­tor of Ex­eter Cathe­dral as its next Rec­tor. Canon Turner grew up in Hull and stud­ied at St Chad’s Col­lege, Durham, where he came to know Arch­bishop Michael Ram­sey. He trained at St Stephen’s House but, en­cour­aged by Ram­sey, he spent two years at All Saints’ Cathe­dral, Milwaukee with a link to Nashotah House sem­i­nar y. A pre­vi­ous Rec­tor of St Thomas, John Andrew, was a chap­lain of Ram­sey. He be­came noted as a preacher dur­ing his pe­riod at the church from 1972 to 1996. Un­der Andrew and his suc­ces­sor, Fr Andrew Mead, St Thomas’ has been firmly in the tra­di­tion­al­ist camp. It has a su­perb boys’ choir and a strong mu­si­cal tra­di­tion. Turner will be at home in a par­ish that em­pha­sises high mu­si­cal stan­dards. He plays the French horn and was re­spon­si­ble for wor­ship and mu­sic at Ex­eter Cathe­dral. He and his wife, Ali­son, may take a lit­tle time to get used to sides­men in morn­ing dress but there is much at St Thomas’ to make him feel at home, not least the me­mo­rial to the Bri­tish vic­tims of 9/11 which bears the words of the Queen’s mes­sage to the me­mo­rial ser­vice at­tended by Tony Blair: ‘Grief is the price we pay for love’.

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