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New Honorary Canons at Southwark Cathedral

2 weeks, 1 day ago

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun has appointed five new Honorary Canons. They will be installed at Southwark Cathedral during Choral Evensong at 3pm on Sunday 1 October 2017. They are:

The Revd Dr Nicholas Cranfield, Vicar of Blackheath, All Saints

The Revd Roxanne Hunte, Priest in Charge of South Norwood, Holy Innocents & South Norwood, St Mark

The Revd Younis Francis, Vicar of Norbury, St Philip

The Revd Penelope Rose-Casemore, Vicar of Clapham, Christ Church & St John the Evangelist

The Revd Leslie Wells, Team Rector designate of Horley

Bishop Christopher says, ‘I am delighted that these five dedicated and hard working priests have accepted my invitation to be Honorary Canons of Southwark Cathedral.  They are welcome additions to the College of Canons and will be excellent ambassadors for the Cathedral in the Diocese.’

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, commenting on the appointments says, ‘We are always pleased to welcome new people into membership of the College of Canons. These five priests will add to the rich diversity and experience in the College.'

Short Biographies

The Revd Dr Nicholas Cranfield  taught Modern History at Cambridge where he was Fellow and Dean of Chapel at Selwyn College and Chaplain at Newnham College for seven years. Prior to this he worked in Oxford as Principal of one of the Area Training Schemes. Before ordination he had been an international merchant banker. He became Vicar of Blackheath, All Saints in 1999.  Dr Cranfield continues to lecture and write about early seventeenth century European History and for more than twenty years has been regular Arts Correspondent for the Church Times, covering subjects as diverse as textile fragments from the Biblical age to the contemporary artists David La Chapelle and John Kirby. He has served as Bishop’s nominee and Arts Adviser on the Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee for thirteenyears. He is currently writing a book about 16th century pilgrimages to Rome.

He says, ‘I am thrilled to be offered a "stall with no hay" in a church that has had a long association with Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (d.1626) whose works I have studied and written of for more than 35 years and where I first preached at the Annual Choral Evensong for Bishop Andrewes Parish twenty years ago.’

The Revd Roxanne Hunte wasborn in Guyana, South America.  She trained and worked there in Accountancy in both the private and public sectors. She then spent four years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she achieved a BSc in Accountancy from Universidade Gama Filho.  Following this she read for an MBA at Huron University (London Campus) and in 1995 begun working at ICL (now Fujitsu Services) firstly in Putney then Slough. She studied for the priesthood at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology and Pastoral Studies. Roxanne was ordained to the Diaconate in 2007, serving her curacy at St Mary, Newington. She was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of South Norwood, Holy Innocents (Sept 2013) and of South Norwood, St Mark (Jan 2015). She is a Vocations Adviser, sits on the Editorial Board of the Diocesan newspaper and is the Black & Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Vocations Champion. She is also a member of the National ME Vocations Advisory Group and acts as mentor to those on various stages of their vocational journeys. Roxanne enjoys the theatre and travel as well as good food and fine wines and she loves to entertain family and friends. She tries to keep fit by walking and has recently walked 118km of the Camino de Santiago.

Commenting on her appointment Roxanne says ‘I am excited to be offered this appointment as I feel it will enable me to work closer with the Cathedral and at a different level with the Diocese.’

The Revd Younis Francis was born in Pakistan and undertook his theological training at Christ the King Seminary in Karachi, the University of Malta and the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1995 as part of the Missionary Society of St Paul, a Religious Congregation, in Pakistan. Younis worked as Assistant Parish Priest and Director of Initial Formation in Pakistan before moving to Malta and then the UK in 2001. He joined the Anglican Church in 2003 undertaking two years of theological training in the Church of England before serving a curacy at St Mary's, Addington in Southwark Diocese.  He was then Team Vicar in the Cheam Team Ministry, moving to St Philip’s Norbury in 2011, first as Priest-in-Charge and then as Vicar in 2016. He loves playing and watching cricket, reading and listening to music.

He says, ‘I am really delighted and feel honoured and privileged to receive Bishop Christopher’s invitation to be an Honorary Canon. I look forward to being an ambassador for our Cathedral and a channel of connection with the wider Diocese’.       

The Revd Penelope Rose-Casemore has spent all of her ministry in the Diocese of Southwark apart from three years as a chaplain at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Southwark Cathedral is a special place to Penny having been ordained Deaconess there in 1985 and Deacon in 1987 and then priest in 1994.  She has served under four Bishops of Southwark. Penny has moved along the Northern Line during her ministry: from the Parish of Waterloo, to St Mary, Balham and Holy Trinity Upper Tooting, to Clapham.  She was appointed as Team Vicar of Christ Church in 1997, becoming Incumbent of the Parish of Christ Church and St John, Clapham in 2002.

Prior to ordination Penny taught Religious Studies at St Bede’s School in Redhill and has subsequently trained as a psychotherapist.  

Penny served for five years as Area Dean of Clapham and as the first Area Dean of Lambeth North. She is a Kingston Area Director of Ordinands, enjoying that role and that of training Incumbent. Penny loves the particular joys and challenges of inner city parish ministry and living in an increasingly diverse community.  Her interests include travelling, walking, swimming and spending time by the sea as well as film and theatre.

Penny says, “It is a privilege to be invited to be an Honorary Canon and I look forward to being a good ambassador for the Cathedral in its place in the wider church.”

The Revd Leslie Wells trained on the Ordained Local Ministry course and was ordained in Southwark Diocese in 2004. Whilst serving as a full time self supporting priest in his home parish of St Helier, he studied for a degree from Bangor University. In 2008 Les transferred to stipendiary ministry moving to Morden parish. In 2010 he was made half-time Team Vicar at St George’s church and half-time Youth Co-ordinator in the parish. He has been a member of both the Croydon and Kingston Area Zimbabwe Link groups and has visited Zimbabwe twice. He has been a Reader selector for over 10 years and occasionally a SPA selector. He was made Assistant Area Dean in 2013 and Area Dean in 2016 after a period as acting Area Dean. He is moving from Morden to be the Rector of Horley Team Ministry.

Les says, ‘I am feeling totally shocked, overwhelmed and honoured as this doesn’t happen to people like me, I would never have imagined that I would be asked to be an Honorary Canon to Southwark Cathedral where I was ordained, where I live to service our Lord Jesus Christ with my life. I am amazed others thought of me.’