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New Canon Librarian to join Cathedral

A new member of the senior clergy at Canterbury Cathedral has been appointed.

The Revd Tim Naish is to be installed as Canon Librarian at the Cathedral in April, following the approval of his appointment by Her Majesty the Queen. He will become one of three Cathedral priests known as “residentiary canons” and as such will be a member of Chapter – the Cathedral’s governing body.  

Tim will also be the Cathedral’s Director of Education, leading on the organisation of training courses at Canterbury, including those for newly ordained clergy from around the Anglican Communion.

Involved for many years with the Church Mission Society (CMS) in India, Zaire, Uganda and England, Tim was ordained in 1987 into the Anglican Church of the Congo.

Following his return to the UK, Tim became rector of a parish in Oxfordshire prior to joining the staff at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, near Oxford in 2006, training men and women for ministry in the Church of England, leading the non-residential programme and teaching the theology and practice of mission.

Tim is married to Hilary and the couple have three grown-up children and one grandchild. Tim enjoys poetry, music, sport, walking,collecting books and sport – admitting that in rugby he is a supporter of Scotland where he spent part of his childhood.

Of coming to Canterbury Tim said: “The college where I have been on the staff, has daily rhythms of worship similar to those of the Cathedral, with Morning Prayer at 7.30 and Eucharist at 8.00 each morning, and I have grown to love the sustaining pattern that this creates. Being part of the team that leads the praying life of the Cathedral community at its heart will be a joy. I will have a lot to learn about the life of the Cathedral, and I come to it expectant, open, looking to contribute what I can, knowing that I am likely to receive at least as much as I can give.”

Tim takes over as Canon Librarian from the Revd Chris Irvine who moved to become parish priest of Ewhurst, Bodiam and Staplecross in Sussex in November 2016.


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