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The College of Canons Gather for their Annual Meeting (posted 9 November 2015)

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The College of Canons Gather for Their Annual Meeting

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Friday 6th November saw the annual gathering of the College of Canons at Chichester Cathedral, a day in which all members meet as near as convenient to the Feast of All Saints. The day started with a procession of the Canons followed by sung Eucharist which included the installation of the Archdeacon of Brighton & Lewes, the Venerable Martin Lloyd Williams. The members then listened to a lecture entitled ‘The Churches and the 2015 General Election: The Implications of Public Theology,’ given by Dr Graeme Smith, Head of Theology & Philosophy at the University of Chichester. This was followed by lunch in Vicars’ Hall where the Canons continued their conversations before meeting in the Song School for their afternoon session. Towards the end of the day, the Canons joined members of Cathedral staff for tea and cake before attending a wonderful Evensong at 5:30pm.


The College of Canons is an important body in the life ofthe Cathedral. They can, when requested by the Bishop, advise him on any matter. It also, under the Appointment of Bishops Act 1533, is the body which elects a new diocesan bishop. (Though it no longer has any power to nominate the candidate). In addition, the College meets to consider the Annual Report and Accounts of the Cathedral and any other matters in the life of the Cathedral that its members see fit to raise. The College of Canons is formed from the Dean, Residentiary Canons, the Bishops Suffragan, the Archdeacons, thirty one Prebendary Canons and up to five Lay Canons. Lay members of Chapter also attend the annual meeting.

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