New Succentor and Minister-in-Charge of St Hugh’s Bermondsey

We are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Thomas Sharp as Succentor of Southwark Cathedral and Minister-in-Charge of St Hugh’s Bermondsey

This is a new full-time post in which Thomas will work three days as Succentor with the Precentor, Canon Andrew Zihni, and three days at St Hugh’s.

After studying Law, and then working as a pastoral assistant at St Christopher’s Walworth, Thomas trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. He served his curacy at Holy Nativity, Chapel House, in the Diocese of Newcastle, and then at Newcastle Cathedral. During his curacy, Thomas continued his doctoral research at the Centre for Catholic Studies in the University of Durham, writing his thesis on the Holy Spirit in Karl Rahner's theology of death and sickness. Thomas is also co-ordinator of the Young Anglican Theology Project, which aims to give young people a greater theological voice in the life of the Anglican Communion. Thomas is a Third Order Franciscan and member of the Society of Catholic Priests. He is a keen musician, and loves cooking for lots of people and making regular visits to Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, comments: “We are delighted to be welcoming Thomas as part of the Cathedral and St Hugh’s community and much look forward to all that he will bring to our life together”. Canon Andrew Zihni, Precentor, adds: “Thomas is an able and gifted theologian, musician and liturgist, whom I am confident will be a great asset to our team here at Southwark Cathedral. I am excited to be working with him”.

Thomas will be licensed by the Bishop of Southwark as Succentor of Southwark Cathedral and Minister-in-Charge of St Hugh’s at Choral Evensong on Sunday 6 March at the Cathedral. There will be a formal Service of Welcome for Thomas at St Hugh’s, led by the Bishop of Woolwich, on a date to be confirmed shortly.