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New canon appointment for Cathedral

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Dr Emma Pennington as the Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and she is due to to be installed by the Archbishop of Canterbury in March.

Emma has been Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath in the Oxford Diocese since 2008 before which she was chaplain of Worcester College in Oxford for five years. She has also been a prayer and spirituality adviser for the diocese and an area dean.

Following the announcement of her appointment Emma said: “I am delighted and thrilled to be taking on this new role for the Cathedral which combines pastoral care of the staff and congregations with missional outreach to the local, national and international community along with sharing in the full liturgical life of the Mother Church to the Anglican Communion.

“It is an exciting opportunity for me which brings together all my past experience as a virger at St Paul’s Cathedral, chaplain of an Oxbridge College with expertise in spirituality and depth of ministerial experience gained in the benefice and deanery.  I very much look forward to working closely with the Dean, Chapter, Council, staff, volunteers, friends and worshippers as we celebrate and grow God’s Cathedral Church of Canterbury together.”

Emma, who trained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, from 1997 to 2000, has been a tutor for the Initial Ministerial Education Reflective Practice: Ministry and Spirituality courses and a co-founder of the successful Festival of Prayer day conference run in association with the Bible Reading Fellowship.  She has given talks and led retreats and quiet days both in the UK and abroad, and also tutored and lectured extensively on Christian Spirituality, especially at Oxford University, where she completed her doctoral research on Julian of Norwich in 2014.

Emma and her husband Jonathan Arnold, currently Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford,  have two children, Katie (14) and Thomas (12).

The Canon Missioner is a residentiary canon role and will have the tasks of the former Canon Pastor position together with the ministry of outreach and welcome opportunities offered by the Cathedral’s restoration and development project The Canterbury Journey.

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