Archbishop of Wales announces historic appointments at Cathedral

Sep 23, 2023 by

Press Release, The Church in Wales.

The Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, has announced the appointment of five distinguished individuals to serve as Honorary Canons at Saint Deiniol’s Cathedral in Bangor.

These appointments mark significant milestones in the Church in Wales, as they encompass a range of “firsts” .

The appointment of Honorary Canons is also a significant milestone for Saint Deiniol’s Cathedral, says the Diocese of Bangor, “reflecting its commitment to engage with urgent issues of social justice and social responsibility, and with our society’s real spiritual thirst to move beyond the prevailing culture of anxiety by contemplating the beauty, truth and love that is found in God”.

Canon Environmentalist

Underlining the Church’s dedication to environmental stewardship, the Church in Wales welcomes its first Canon Environmentalist, Professor Robin Grove-White, Emeritus Professor in the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change at the University of Lancaster and a former Chair of Greenpeace UK. Professor Grove-White will support the Cathedral and the Diocese of Bangor in their commitment to tackling the world’s accelerating climate crisis, and doing so practically and spiritually.

Canon Preacher

Author Fr Jarel Robinson-Brown becomes the first gay, black Canon to serve in a Church in Wales Cathedral, a pioneering moment that highlights its commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Father Jarel, who will become Canon Preacher, holds joint British and Jamaican citizenship and is a much sought after preacher, having spoken recently at St Paul’s Cathedral, Yale Divinity School, and Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities. He is also co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Christian Charity OneBodyOneFaith.

Canon Librarian

Professor Helen Wilcox, Emeritus Professor in the School of Arts, Culture and Language at Bangor, is appointed the first lay woman Canon Librarian. This significant appointment comes ahead of the millennium and a half anniversary of Saint Deiniol’s Cathedral in 2025. She will advise on the cultural aspects of the anniversary as the Cathedral celebrates 1,500 years as a site of continuous Christian worship. Professor Wilcox is one of the editors in the Arden Shakespeare series and is a specialist on gender in early modern literature.

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