Installation of Canons

Installation of Canons photo
Caption:The Right Revd Nigel Stock welcomes the new Canons

Monday 21st November 2011

THREE Christians from across Suffolk have been recognised by the Bishop for their dedication and commitment to the life of the Church.

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, recognised their exceptional service by installing the three as Canons at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday afternoon (November 20th).

The new canons are representative of the many dedicated and hard working Christian people within the diocese and the Church feels fortunate to have them serving within Suffolk.

The Rev Ian Finn, who was ordained 30 years ago, is currently the Rector of Haverhill with Withersfield. He has served in a variety of parishes during his ministry, and within Suffolk since 1999. Rev Finn was appointed a Rural Dean of the Clare Deanery since 2006, helping to support and co-ordinate ministry in this part of the diocese.

Tim Allen, as well as being an active member of his local church in Orford, has served on Bishop's Council, Deanery and Diocesan Synod and has been Diocesan representative on General Synod for a number of years. He is also Chairman of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, which has key role in the care of many Church buildings.

Professor Lawrence Smith, a dedicated member of his local church in the Stowmarket area, also serves on Bishop's Council, Deanery and Diocesan Synod and as a member of the Finance Committee, helping the diocese to be a good steward of its financial resources.

Bishop Nigel said: “It is good to welcome these new members of the College of Canons.
“The Reverend Ian Finn is an immensely hardworking parish priest and rural dean. The parish of Haverhill has a very high population for a Suffolk parish, and Ian has been at the heart of the ministry team for the parish.

“Tim has given very generously of his time to serve the Church in many of the boards and councils of the diocese. A member of Bishop’s Council and the Diocesan Synod, beyond the diocese he is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. He is Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee which oversees the care of our rich heritage of churches in Suffolk, which demands a high degree of expertise, care, understanding and time.

“Lawrence is a wonderful example of someone putting his gifts to the service of the Church. He has gained a very great knowledge of the diocesan finances, and we have gained hugely from his ability to understand, and track the financial circumstances of our parishes. For his generosity of time and expertise we are enormously grateful.

“Our new Canons are living examples of the very wide and visible contribution to the life of the Church that so many people make.”
The Canons were installed in their new roles during the choral evensong service. Their duties are not meant to be onerous, but their experience is a welcome source of advice and wisdom for the Bishop and the wider diocese.