New Canons appointed to Norwich Cathedral
23 October 2023
The Bishop of Norwich has appointed four new Honorary Canons and one new Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral: Karlene Kerr, Damon Rogers, Helen Jary, Richard James and Mark Jeffries.
The Cathedral has 24 Honorary Canons, who, together with 12 Lay Canons, the Archdeacons and Suffragan Bishops make up the College of Canons. This body meets three times a year to worship together, to receive reports from the Dean and Chapter and to think together about the ways in which the Cathedral can contribute to the wider mission of our Diocese.
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, said: “It is a great delight to be able to appoint Karlene Kerr, Damon Rogers, Helen Jary, and Richard James as Honorary Canons and Mark Jeffries as Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral. Each of these people have given and continue to give outstanding service to the Church in our Diocese. They will be great ambassadors for the Cathedral in the Diocese and vice versa.”
They were installed at Choral Evensong on Sunday 15 October at Norwich Cathedral.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Dr Andrew Braddock, said: “I am greatly looking forward to welcoming our five new members of the College of Canons. The College is an important part of the Cathedral Foundation providing a vital link between the Cathedral and the wider Diocese. Our new canons will bring a wonderful variety of gifts and experience to this role.”
The Revd Karlene Kerr is Team Vicar of Gaywood Team Ministry, King’s Lynn, she said: “I am delighted and grateful to be invited to be Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral, and also humbled to be recognised in this way. I look forward to being a bridge with my parish and deanery, and also working as a team to ensure that Racial Justice, Diversity and Inclusion becomes embedded into the life of the Cathedral and Diocese.”
The Revd Damon Rogers is Vicar of Lowestoft St. Andrew, he said: “When I was invited to become an Honorary Canon I was surprised and quite shocked. Norwich Cathedral is, in many ways, distant from the Staffordshire council estate where I grew up! It is an immense privilege to be invited to become an Honorary Canon and hope that in this role I will be able to support the wider mission of the Cathedral and help strengthen the connection between the fellowship of Saint Andrews Church, and the people of Roman Hill, with our Cathedral.”
The Revd Helen Jary is Team Rector of Oulton Broad Team Ministry, she said: “I feel humbled and honoured to be asked to join the College of Canons. I will look forward to becoming more closely involved with the life and worship of the Cathedral, and seeing what God has in store for the wider Cathedral community as we move forward together.”
The Revd Richard James is Rector of Holy Trinity in Norwich, he said: “I have known the Cathedral since my teenage years and am thankful for this opportunity to serve alongside the team there to make the Lord Jesus better known across our community and Diocese.”
Mark Jeffries is Chair of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance (NDBF), He said: “The Cathedral has always been a very special place for my wife, Catherine, and me since we arrived in Norwich. It has a huge impact across Norfolk and beyond and I shall look forward to closer involvement with it.”