Seven Honorary Canons have been installed at Ripon Cathedral in recognition of their service and dedication to the diocese.
The Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Pauline McHardy, attended the Sunday afternoon ceremony, which the Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson described in his welcome as “an important event for the cathedral and with great civic significance as well.”
Statutes provide for a variety of canons to be appointed to work with the dean to enable the cathedral to fulfil its calling as a centre for mission for the Diocese of Leeds, together with its partner cathedrals, Wakefield and Bradford.
The following people were installed by the dean and licensed by the Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Rev Paul Slater.
Capitular Canon: Dr Richard Noake, Director of Education for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and a member of the Ripon Cathedral congregation.
Honorary Canon: Rev Matthew Peat, Vicar and Area Dean of Whitkirk in the Leeds Episcopal Area.
Honorary Canon: Rev Brendan Giblin, Priest in Charge of St James’, Wetherby.
Honorary Canon: Rev Veronica James, Rector of Holy Trinity, Skipton and currently acting Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven.
Honorary Canon: Rev Penny Yeadon, Non Stipendiary Minister of the Penhill Benefice, Wensleydale and the Wensley Area Dean.
Honorary Lay Canon: Mrs Debbie Child, Diocesan Secretary for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and a worshipper at St John’s, Cullingworth.
Honoraray Ecumenical Canon: Rev Leslie Newton, Chair of the Methodist Yorkshire North and East District.
Bishop Slater is deputising for the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, who is currently on sabbatical. Commenting on the variety of canons, Bishop Slater said: “You do have to enjoy the Church of England for things like this!”
He paid personal tributes to each of those being welcomed into their new positions and thanked them for their service and ongoing commitment to the work of the Church – explaining that the three cathedrals were at the heart of a progressive diocesan strategy.”Let’s all be ready to move when the Pillar of God moves. We can live with uncertainty, trusting in God and may God give us grace to move forward together,” he said.