Five new Canons to be welcomed to Southwell Minster in Spring 2021

Five new Canons with experience on the frontline of ministry in local churches, the media, ecumenical partnership and social transformation, have been appointed by Bishop Paul to serve as Honorary Canons of the Cathedral Church of Southwell Minister.

The new Honorary canons will be the Revd Angela Fletcher, Vicar of Warsop with Sookholme and former Area Dean of Mansfield, the Revd Kate Bottley, radio and television presenter and Associate Priest of St Saviour’s, Retford, Bishop Pangani Thipa, Senior Pastor and National Overseer of the Calvary Family Church (CFC) and trustee of Refugee Roots in Hyson Green, the Revd Dr Stephen Hippisley-Cox, Vicar of Willoughy-on-the-Wolds with Wysall and Widmerpool and Area Dean of East Bingham, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham, the Right Revd Patrick McKinney.

While continuing in their present ministries, the role of an Honorary canon is to contribute to the life of the cathedral through promoting its mission across the diocese and by connecting with wider communities across Nottinghamshire. Honorary canons are appointed by the Bishop for a seven-year term in consultation with the Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan.

The Cathedral Church of Southwell’s College of Canons has 16 Lay and Ordained members from all walks of life, reflecting a broad range of experience, with some from other Christian denominations.

Speaking about the new appointments, Bishop Paul said:-

‘I am delighted that five new Honorary Canons are to be welcomed as members of the College of Canons of the Cathedral Church here in Southwell. Angela, Kate, Stephen, Bishop Thipa and Bishop Patrick will each bring significant experience and insight on the mission of the Church from their rich and diverse experience, as well as their engagement in supporting the ministry of the wider church in the diocese and beyond’.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, the Dean of Southwell shared:-

“It will be a great joy to welcome these new Canons to the Minster next year. It is reassuring to know that alongside our Chapter team, our College of Canons will continue to bring fresh insights and experience from the diverse contexts in which they serve. At a time when our county and cathedral have been caught up in events which have impacted the whole world in the wake of coronavirus, their prayerful and practical contribution will be invaluable as we chart our way through these uncertain times.”

The new Canons will be collated and installed in Southwell Minster in Spring 2021.