THE BISHOP of Worcester has welcomed the appointment of the Rev Dr Stephen Edwards as a new Residentiary Canon at Worcester Cathedral.
Dr John Inge spoke after Dr Edwards’ appointment was confirmed by HM the Queen and the current team rector of Wythenshawe and Area Dean of Withington in the Diocese of Manchester will take up his new role in the autumn.
He will join the Cathedral Chapter with a particular responsibility for promoting the Cathedral’s mission in the Diocese and local community, and for the pastoral care and spiritual nurture of the Cathedral community.
Dr Edwards appointment will take effect on Sunday, September 15 when he will be installed at Evensong at 4pm.
“I am honoured to be appointed as a Canon Residentiary at Worcester Cathedral in this exciting new role bringing together pastoral care for the Cathedral community and promoting the cathedral’s mission within the city and wider diocese,” Dr Edwards said.
“It will be very hard to leave the north west after so many happy years but I am delighted and excited to be moving to the beautiful city and diocese of Worcester.”
Bishop John said: “Stephen Edwards is an immensely gifted priest whose ministry in the Diocese of Manchester is very highly regarded. We look forward very much to welcoming him here.”
The Dean of Worcester, the Very Rev Peter Atkinson, said: “Stephen is an outstanding priest and we shall warmly welcome him to Worcester Cathedral and our Diocese.
“He joins us at a time of many exciting projects in the work of the Cathedral, including the creation of a new learning centre in our medieval undercroft, and the arrival of a new Director of Music.
“Stephen’s ministry will encourage the Cathedral congregation, promote the Cathedral’s work across the city, county and diocese and strengthen the work of our education team,” he added.