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Canon Residentiary at Chester Cathedral with special responsibility for Worship and Spirituality

Chester Cathedral is seeking a Canon for Worship and Spirituality – A priest with at least six years in holy orders who will play a full part in the work of the Cathedral Chapter and Leadership Team, and especially hold the brief for the liturgical and spiritual formation of the Cathedral community, leading those who resource, lead and contribute to worship.

The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford writes “Chester Cathedral is an exciting place to live and work. We have a strong sense of purpose and mission and seek to be of service to the Bishop and Diocese of Chester, our region and the world.  The Cathedral is present both in our physical location and through a strong online offer which has a growing following.

The Cathedral is in the process of reconstituting its governance structures in line with the Cathedrals Measure 2021.  We expect to have completed this process and recruited the reformed Chapter in the first quarter of 2023.  In late 2023 we will review our strategic plan with the Chapter.  This is a good time for our new Canon for Worship and Spirituality to join us.  The current strategic plan has identified the need to cherish our traditional services but also to reach demographics who find it difficult to relate to the more formal styles. This is a theme we hope the new Canon for Worship and Spirituality will be able to develop as a priority.

The Cathedral’s Leadership Team is not as diverse in its composition as we aspire to be. Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates who can help enrich and broaden our largely white British heritage.”

Our Application Pack, available to download below, outlines much wider the Canon Residentiary role.

To apply for the role, please complete the Application Form below and return it to recruitment@chestercathedral.com – or post to 9 Abbey Square, CHESTER  CH1 2HU

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 January 2023.
Shortlisting will take place late-January, with interviews scheduled for mid-late February.

Documents

Application Form

Canon for Worship and Spirituality Application Pack