New Canons for Truro Cathedral

Eight new Honorary Canons and two new Chapter Canons have been installed by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton at a service in Truro Cathedral.

Honorary Canonries are given to men and women who have given exceptional service to their church and communities in Cornwall. Among those selected this year are clergy, a Reader, a local worship leader and a broadcast journalist.

Each Canon occupies a Stall in the Cathedral Quire with Clergy Canons’ stalls named after Cornish Saints and Lay Canons’ Stalls in the names of the Apostles.IMG_3261

Revd Ken Boullier, Priest-in-Charge of St Just-in-Roseland and St Mawes, and Rural Dean of the Deanery of Powder will now occupy the Stall of St Aldhelm. Revd Boullier said: “It is a great honour to be invited to be an honorary Canon of Truro Cathedral. The Cathedral community has always been very supportive of the ministry of our Parish and Deanery so it will be a great delight to share in supporting the life of the Cathedral which displays such a vibrant witness in the Diocese.”

Joining Ken is Revd Anne Brown, Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of the Three Rivers who occupies the Stall of St Neot. Anne has recently seen her project to open a community shop in St Paternus Church come to fruition and been elected to the Church of England’s General Synod.

IMG_3248Occupying the Stall of St Conan will be Revd Jane Kneebone, Associate Priest in Newquay and Diocesan Director of Reader Training. The Stall of St Endelienta will be occupied by Revd Lynn Parker, Rector of Antony with Sheviock and Torpoint. Revd Andrew Stevenson, priest in charge of Flushing and a minister in secular employment will occupy the staff of St Uny and the Revd Lesley Walker, Rector of Meneage and Kerrier Rural Dean will occupy the stall of St Buriana.

The two new Lay Canons are Micheline Smith, Deanery Lay Chair, Stratton, who will occupies the stall of St Philip and Andrew Keast, a Reader and member of the Diocesan Executive Standing Committee will occupy the stall of St John. Andrew said: “I am honoured and delighted IMG_3268to be asked to become a Lay Canon of Truro Cathedral.  I really wasn’t expecting it and find it rather humbling.

“It is great privilege to be able to share my passion for the Gospel through my Reader Ministry combined with using my God-given financial skills to work for the benefit of the Diocese.  I am also excited as to what God has planned for me in serving as a Canon.”

Lay Worship Leader Helen Davies, who is also the vice chair and treasurer of Launceston Parochial Church Council joins broadcast journalist Daphne Skinnard as a Chapter Canon. Both Helen and Daphne now occupy Prebendary stalls and will share in the governance and direction of the Cathedral.