The Revd Dr Stephen Edwards was installed as a Residentiary Canon of Worcester Cathedral on Sunday in a special service of Evensong. Stephen joins the Cathedral Chapter from the Diocese of Manchester and will have a particular responsibility for promoting the Cathedral’s mission in the Diocese and local community, and for the pastoral care and spiritual nurture of the Cathedral community.
Worcester Cathedral has three Residentiary Canons. They are appointed by the Queen and are priests with responsibility alongside the Dean for the Spiritual life of the Cathedral. They have day-to-day liturgical, pastoral and preaching duties and as members of the Cathedral Chapter they share in the governance of the Cathedral and are trustees of the cathedral almshouse, St Oswald’s Hospital.
Stephen said: “”The service was a joyous occasion through which I felt blessed by the warmth and generosity of welcome and the prayerful support of all those who attended. I am very excited about this new role and I am looking forward to meeting many of the wonderful and creative projects and organisations in the City and County, and to being part of the Cathedral community.”
The Dean of Worcester, Peter Atkinson, said: “We were delighted to welcome Stephen Edwards as a new Canon of the Cathedral. He comes to us from being the parish priest of Wythenshawe in Manchester, one of the largest housing estates in the country. He will have a special role in promoting the work of the Cathedral in the City and the County.”
At the service Helen Dimmock MBE, ecclesiastical secretary to the Crown, presented Stephen to Bishop John on behalf of the Queen. Also present was the Mayor of Worcester, the Vice-Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Worcestershire and the former Bishop of Dudley, David Walker, who is now Bishop of Manchester. Stephen was also supported by friends and family from throughout the country.
Stephen was ordained in 1996, serving first in the Church in Wales. He has been a priest in the Diocese of Manchester since 2002, initially Rector of the inner-city parish of St Agnes’s Longsight before moving in 2012 to be Team Rector of Wythenshawe. He was also Area Dean of Withington and the Bishop of Manchester’s adviser for liturgy and worship as well as the co-ordinator of the Manchester Estate Ministry Network. His interests include architecture, ales and a love of dogs!