The Revd Dr Tim Naish was installed as the new Canon Librarian of Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday 22 April.
The Choral Evensong held in the Quire began with the welcome, institution and blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby. Following this Canon Tim was installed by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis.
The approval of Canon Tim’s appointment by Her Majesty the Queen was announced in February. He is now one of three priests at the Cathedral known as “residentiary canons” and is 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.
For the past eleven years Tim has worked at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, in charge of the Oxford Ministry Course for ordinands who train ‘part -time’.
Speaking after the service, Canon Tim spoke of his excitement at the possibility of developing the relationships made on the annual Anglican Conferences and the prospect of expanding and developing the association between the arts and worship.
Delighted to be joining the Cathedral community he said: “I’m looking forward to the business of sustaining lively and engaging daily worship 365 days a year here at the Cathedral.
“Kent is new territory for both Hilary and me and we are looking forward to getting to know the Diocese and the county. We are both great walkers and will enjoy exploring the county and its history; it’s also great to be back near the sea.”
Speaking after the service The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis said: “We are delighted at the Cathedral to welcome Canon Tim Naish and his wife Hilary to our community. Tim will be our new Canon Librarian which is a role concentrating on education. The Canon Librarian looks after courses for men and women in the early years of their ministry from across the world-wide Communion, as well as the newly consecrated bishops from across the world. At the same time, the Cathedral’s Schools Department and the Archives and Library are part of his responsibility, as are relationships with the universities in Canterbury. Tim comes well equipped from his past experience and he will be invaluable during preparations for the Lambeth Conference for all Anglican Bishops which will happen here in July 2020. We hope Tim and Hilary will have the happiest time here in the city and within the community”.
Tim takes over as Canon Librarian from the Revd Canon Christopher Irvine, who moved to become parish priest of Ewhurst, Bodiam and Staplecross in Sussex in November 2017.