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Six New Readers to Be Licensed In Chichester Cathedral (posted 16 September 2015)

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The Licensing of Six New Readers and the Installation of Three New Honorary Canons to take place at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 19th September 2015

Readers Licensing Service
Readers Licensing Service

On Saturday 19th September 2015, at 2.00pm, six new Readers will be licensed into the Diocese by the Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson.  They will have completed three years of demanding and challenging theological study.  The candidates are as follows:

Susannah Anson - St Andrew's, Burgess Hill
Jenny Blamires - St Peter & St Mary, New Fishbourne
Sarah Doble - St Elisabeth's, Eastbourne
Sheila Fordham - Holy Cross, Uckfield
Derek Hill - St John the Evangelist, Hollington
James McGuire - Beeding and Bramber with St Botolphs

Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

Also taking place in the Cathedral on the same day is the installation of three of the six new Honorary Canons, recently appointed by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner.  The installations will take place at 5.30pm in the context of Evensong when the Revds Phil Moon, Tim Peskett and Ann Waizenecker will be installed.

The title "Canon" is usually offered to a priest or lay person in recognition of particular service to the Diocese or wider church.  With these appointments, Bishop Martin has recognised the contribution each has made to the apostolic life of the Diocese.  Each of the new Canons will be designated a "stall" (or seat) in Chichester Cathedral and they will become members of the Greater Chapter of Chichester Cathedral which sometimes meets with the residentiary Canons who work in the Cathedral every day.

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