A warm welcome for Principal and Assistant Bishops

A warm welcome for Principal and Assistant Bishops photo
Caption:left to right: Assistant Bishop Sandy Millar, The Rev Canon Dr Ian McIntosh, Bishop Nigel, and assistant Bishop Graeme Knowles at the Cathedral

Monday 30th April 2012

Bishop Nigel has recognised the Principal of the Eastern Region ministry ordination course for his work across East Anglia by installing him as an honorary Canon, during a service at the Cathedral.

Bishop Nigel also welcomed two bishops who have come to live in Suffolk into the life of the diocese, during the evensong service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday afternoon (29 April).

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

The Revd Dr Ian McIntosh was installed as an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral during the moving service. Retired Bishops Sandy Millar, from Aldeburgh, and Graeme Knowles, from Bury St Edmunds, were in addition licensed to serve as honorary assistant bishops within Suffolk.
Bishop Nigel said: “Ian McIntosh is the Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course (in Ely) and many from this diocese are profoundly grateful for the training that they have received on that course.

“He has also a significant presence in the Cambridge Theological Federation. His ministry stretches across the eastern region. He is about to go on sabbatical, and part of that will be to visit the Diocese of Kagera, our link Diocese in Tanzania, where I know his training insights will be much valued. It is an honour that we can represent the region in recognising Ian in this way.

“Sandy is someone very well known in the Church of England, and indeed in the worldwide church not least as vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton where the Alpha Course has its origins.

“In Graeme Knowles we have somebody who has an extraordinary breadth of experience in the Church of England. He has been a parish Priest, Cathedral Precentor, Rural Dean, Archdeacon, Dean (twice) and Bishop of Sodor and Man.
“He has considerable expertise in Church buildings. We were delighted when we heard the news that he had moved to Bury St Edmunds.”

The duties of Honorary Canons and Assistant Bishops are not meant to be onerous, but their experience is a welcome source of advice and wisdom for Bishop Nigel and the wider diocese.