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 the diocese.

The Honorary Canons installed in a service in the cathedral on 27 April were:

  • The Revd Garth Nathaniel, Rector of Ipsley and Rural Dean of Bromsgrove.
  • The Revd Susan Renshaw, Vicar of Eckington and Defford with Besford, Associate Priest of Overbury with Teddington, Alstone and Little Washbourne with Beckford and Ashton-under-Hill and Rural Dean of Pershore.
  • The Revd David Sherwin, Rector in the Worcestershire West Team Ministry and Rural Dean of Martley & Worcester West.
Honorary Canons in service

Bishop John commented: “It is a great delight to be able to appoint these three people who have given and continue to give outstanding service to the church in the Diocese of Worcester. They will be great ambassadors for the cathedral in the diocese and vice versa.”

Garth Nathaniel said: “I feel very privileged to have been appointed as an Honorary Canon. I have served in the Diocese of Worcester for just over 15 years and really enjoy my ministry here, people are friendly and it’s a very supportive place. I think the Cathedral has a tremendous amount to offer the wider diocese and I look forward to being a bridge with my parish and deanery, drawing them into the many things that happen at our Mother Church. I will also be able to hold the parish and deanery in my prayers whenever I sit in the Cathedral to worship.”

Bishop prays for honorary canonsSusan Renshaw said: “Having lived in the Worcester diocese for more than 40 years, and having been licensed as a Reader, ordained as deacon and priest at Worcester Cathedral, it has always held a special place in my heart as my Mother Church. I am extremely humbled and very proud that the Bishop has decided to honour me in this way and I look forward to being more involved with the Cathedral.”

David Sherwin said: “I’m honoured and delighted to have been appointed a Canon of the Cathedral. Although I’ve ministered David Sherwin shown to stallin the Diocese for 15 years, it’s not something that I’d anticipated and I wouldn’t be in this position without the support of my family and other people in my parishes and beyond. It’ll be great to be a part of the life of the cathedral and will look forward to being an ambassador both for my deanery in the cathedral and for the cathedral in my deanery.”

Honorary Canons are distinct from Residentiary Canons who are on the staff of the Cathedral.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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