Lichfield Cathedral will welcome a group of new Canons and Prebends at a special service at 3.30pm on Sunday July 3.
Prebends are given special ‘stalls’ at the cathedral to recognize their service to the churches of the Diocese of Lichfield. In the past, a shop was also associated with the rights and revenues of a plot of land which gave its name to the Prebend.
This year’s nominees for the title by the Bishop of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, are the Reverend Dr Jeanette Hartwell, leader of the diocesan vocations and formation team, who is appointed to the prebendary of Eccleshall; the Reverend Romita Shrisunder, Director of Bishops’ Ordinands, who is appointed Prebendary of Longdon; the Reverend Simon Davis, Rector of Abbots Bromley, Blithfield, Colton & Great Haywood and Rural Dean of Rugeley, appointed Prebendary of Colwich; the Reverend Jo Farnworth, Rector of Central Telford and Associate Archdeacon of Salop, appointed Prebendary of Bishopshull; and the Reverend John Baines, Vicar of Longnor, Quarnford, Sheen & Warslow with Elkstone who is appointed Prebendary of Pipa Minor.
At the same service, three new Ecumenical Canons will be installed – all leaders of Ecumenical Partner Churches who work closely with the Diocese of Lichfield. They are the Rt Revd Stephen Wright, Bishop of Ramsbiria and Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham; the Reverend Monsignor Timothy Menezes, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham; and Rev. Dr. Marcus Chilaka, Provincial Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God. Reverend Rachel Parkinson, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District President of the Methodist Church; and the Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, will also be installed as Ecumenical Canons at a later date.
Six lay canons from the diocese will also be installed. They include John Naylor, chairman of the diocesan finance council; Debbie Parkes, churchwarden at Pleck & Bescot, Walsall and member of the diocesan synod; Tom Currie, churchwarden at Rodington and member of the diocesan synod; and Nnaeto Onwuzurumba of YMCA North Staffordshire. Additionally, current lay canons Julie Jones, Diocesan CEO; and Hilary Phillips, reader at Wrockwardine and diocesan vocations counselor, will be reappointed as lay canons.
Bishop Michael said, “It is wonderful to be able to recognize and celebrate such a breadth of dedication and service to the diocese from lay and ordained people, including those who are Anglicans and ecumenical partner churches. I would like to thank all of these people for their dedication, leadership and faithful witness as they help develop discipleship, inspire vocation and encourage evangelism in the Body of Christ across the Midlands.
Please contact the cathedral for any questions regarding the practical arrangements for the day.