We are delighted to announce that Canon Jay Colwill, our Missioner, has been appointed as Senior Chaplain of St Michael’s Anglican Church in Paris. Jay will be greatly missed at the Cathedral and we are grateful to him for his real commitment to the life of our community over the past five years. He has played a key role in chairing the Community of the Cross of Nails group and working with partner organisations to organise consultations on modern day slavery and youth crime. In recent months he has been a very effective Chapter Lead on Safeguarding and Interim Sub Dean. Jay has been a wonderful and supportive colleague and we will greatly miss his warm and caring presence at the Cathedral. We are delighted for Jay and Jo in this new ministry which plays so well to Jay’s gifts and skills. Jay’s farewell service at the Cathedral will be at 11am on Sunday 22 October and he will be licensed in Paris on Sunday 3 December.
Following the extensive consultations which took place for the appointment of the new Dean, there was a very clear desire for new thinking about canonries and for a more diverse clergy team at the Cathedral, reflecting the breadth of communities across the Diocese and within the congregation.
We are therefore also delighted to announce that Bishop Christopher has appointed Canon Roxanne Eversley, currently Vicar of the United Benefice of South Norwood, Holy Innocents and St Mark, as Canon Librarian and Dean of Cultural Diversity for the diocese. This is a very imaginative appointment using Roxanne’s wealth of experience as a UKME vocations champion and working with under represented communities within the diocese. Roxanne knows the Cathedral well as an honorary Canon and former member of the Cathedral Council. We very much look forward to welcoming her to the Cathedral team in January 2024.
Please do remember Jay and Roxanne in your prayers as they prepare for these exciting new chapters in their ministry.