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New Honorary Canons at Southwark Cathedral

4 months, 4 weeks ago

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed two new Honorary Canons for the Diocese of Southwark.

Whilst sailing across the Sea of Galilee during the Diocesan Pilgrimage, the Bishop and the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, announced to the Pilgrims - and to a very surprised Nicole Burgum - that they proposed to appoint her as an Honorary Lay Canon of Southwark Cathedral.  They have also invited the Revd Chris Moody, the Vicar of St Alfege Greenwich, to become an Honorary Canon.

Nicole Burgum is Diocesan Warden of Readers and has attended St Andrew the Apostle, Catford, where she is a Reader, for all of her life. She comments on her appointment, ‘I am hugely honoured to be made an Honorary Lay Canon of Southwark Cathedral and I shall never forget the moment Bishop Christopher announced it on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee! I see this as an honour not just for me but as recognition of all the amazing work that the Readers do throughout this Diocese. I have a deep love of Southwark and I look forward to being more involved in Cathedral life and serving this Diocese in another way.’

The Revd Chris Moody has been the Vicar of St Alfege Greenwich since 2005. Prior to that he was Team Rector of Market Harborough. He has served 22 years of his 42 year ministry in the Diocese of Southwark. Commenting on his appointment Chris says, ‘I am delighted to be made an Honorary Canon of our Cathedral. I grew up in South London and it was Canon Derek Tasker, the Southwark DDO at the time, who nurtured my vocation whilst I was still at school. This honour reminds me of the debt I owe to so many people inside and outside the churches in this Diocese. Thank you.’ 

Bishop Christopher comments, ‘I am pleased that these two faithful and outstanding servants of the Diocese of Southwark have accepted my offer to become Honorary Canons. They have each given long and dedicated service to the Diocese in a variety of ways and I also look forward to them taking their full part in the life of the Cathedral.’

Andrew Nunn comments, ‘I know that my colleagues in the Chapter and I look forward to Chris and Nicole becoming part of the Greater Chapter of the Cathedral and to their contribution to the life of the Cathedral in this way. It is always good to know that our Canons love and value the Diocese and the contribution of the Cathedral to its life.’

They will be installed in Southwark Cathedral during Choral Evensong at 3pm on Sunday 24 June.

Short Biographies

Nicole Burgum has lived all her life in the Diocese of Southwark and was a civil servant in the Department for Transport for 32 years and took early retirement in 2001. She has been a Reader since 1984 and served on the Readers’ Board for many years. She has been the Warden of Readers since 2017 and prior to that was the Sub-Warden and the Area Warden for Woolwich.

The Revd Chris Moody grew up in South London. He served two curacies at All Saints, Fulham, and St Andrew’s Surbiton before becoming Chaplain of King’s College London. For seven years he served in the inner city parish of St Anne and All Saints, Lambeth and was Area Dean of Lambeth before he moved to become Team Rector of Market Harborough in 1995. He became a Canon in the Leicester Diocese in 2004. He returned to London in 2005 where he is currently serving as the Vicar of St Alfege’s Greenwich. He has retained a strong interest in architecture, music and the arts and is a practised painter and printer. He has been responsible for looking after three A* listed church buildings in his time and enjoys the wide contact with the community and visitors that St Alfege being a part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site brings. His strongest commitment is to making the Church as a gospel community accessible to all sections of society. He has written one book ‘Eccentric Ministry’ about pastoral leadership, as well as articles, entries and reviews for various publications.