Installing a Canon

Members of the Church Congregation at the Cathedral

On Sunday evening, at Evensong at Manchester Cathedral Bishop Nigel, Bishop of Manchester, admitted Fr Ian and three other priests as Honorary Canons of the Cathedral.

Honorary Canons are priests who have been given the honour to mark a special contribution they have made to the church beyond their usual duties. There is a maximum limit of 24 honorary canons for Manchester. Bishop Nigel spoke at the service of Fr Ian’s contribution to the life and work of the Diocese, and in particular the advice and support he has given to the Bishop through the bishop’s advisory groups.

After the Bishop had made the priests canons they were installed in their stalls in the Cathedral by the Dean, Fr Rogers Govender.

Canon Ian Gomersall with Bishop Mark

It was a splendid occasion.

Many of Fr Ian’s priest friends had robed and joined the procession, and family members and church members were there to congratulate him too.

Members of schools staff, including the Head teachers of both parish schools were present, and a leading educationalist in Manchester who has worked with Fr Ian commented:  how pleased we are that your energy, commitment and goodness within the community you serve have been recognised by you being made an honorary canon of the Cathedral.


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