Diocese of Portsmouth

    Bishop appoints three new Canons of Honour

    17 June 2019

    BISHOP Christopher has appointed three people to be Canons of Honour at our cathedral.

    These special appointments highlight Christian service both in the diocese and further afield. The three recipients are (pictured above, left to right) Professor Graeme Smith, Canon Angela Tilby and the Rev James Grenfell.

    All three are based in and worship within our diocese, and serve the gospel through Christian education.

    Angela Tilby is a well-known radio broadcaster and teacher, and writes regularly for the Church Times.

    Graeme Smith is a theology professor at the University of Chichester, specialising in the impact of the church in the public square.

    And James Grenfell is our first director for Portsmouth Pathway, our diocesan-based training course for lay and ordained ministers, and is on the staff at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

    Bishop Christopher said: “The special appointments as Canons of Honour enable recognition of Christian service beyond as well as in the diocese. Following recent changes to the cathedral’s constitution, I am now delighted to appoint three new Canons who contribute in outstanding ways locally, regionally and nationally in communicating our values and witness.”

    The only other Canon of Honour previously appointed by our bishop is Canon David Hopgood, former Roman Catholic Dean of Portsmouth.

    The bishop will install the three new Canons of Honour in our cathedral at Evensong on July 14.

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