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Priest and Dean made canons at Cathedral

Rob George 26th Mar, 2022

PERSHORE’s Priest in Charge and the Area Dean of Pershore and Evesham Deanery were among ten new honorary canons who were appointed at Worcester Cathedral.

The Rev Claire Lording and Rev Sarah Dangerfield were honoured in recognition of their work in both the diocese and the wider church.

Appointments are made by the Bishop of Worcester in consultation with the Chapter of the Cathedral.

Honorary Canons form a bridge between the Diocese and the Cathedral and meet to reflect and advise on the life of the Cathedral.

There are a limited number of posts – Lay Canons and clergy outside the Diocese hold the position for a five-year period, while clergy from the Diocese remain Canons while they serve in Worcestershire or Dudley.

Speaking after the ceremony on March 12, Rev Lording said: “It is a huge honour to have been invited by Bishop John to become an honorary Canon at Worcester Cathedral.

“I came to the diocese to serve in the Benefice of Pershore nearly seven years ago and have enjoyed every minute.

“It’s been good to minister alongside wonderful people and parishes, and to know that the diocese and cathedral are always there for support.

“I have valued the cathedral being there for significant moments in our benefice life, whether it’s confirmation services or showing round German Link visitors.

“I look forward to doing all that I can to promote the life and work of the cathedral wherever I am.”

Rev Dangerfield added: “As the mother church of the Diocese, the cathedral is very special, particularly for those occasions when people from across the diocese meet for worship.

“The Chrism Eucharist when clergy are invited to renew the vows made first at ordination, is a moving and hope-filled service.

“There are many other such occasions. I hope I shall contribute to the relationship between the cathedral and parishes, receiving as I do the honour personally and on behalf of all in my parishes and deanery who serve God’s mission.”

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