Network Norwich and Norfolk > People > People Archive > Canon appointments in show of unity

Canon appointments in show of unity

MichaelEvansThe heads of Norfolk’s Roman Catholics and Methodists have accepted invitations to become ecumenical canons of Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt. Revd. Michael Evans, and the Chair of the East Anglia Methodist District, the Revd. Graham Thompson were installed on Sunday April 2, 2006 at an open service in Norwich Cathedral.
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, said: “Today there seems something entirely natural in both making this invitation and the ready and enthusiastic acceptance I have received.

“My colleagues and I don't believe that visible church unity is just around the corner, but all three of us celebrate the significant unity we already share in our common baptism, common scriptures and common creeds.
“If by baptism we become members one of another in the Body of Christ then there is a profound unity which already exists. These appointments are both a consequence and a celebration of that truth,” said Bishop Graham.

“It's particularly appropriate that Bishop Michael becomes an ecumenical canon alongside the Chair of the Methodist District since Bishop Michael is a member of the worldwide Roman Catholic/Methodist International Commission. The installation of Graham Thompson is also, in itself, a means of affirming the Anglican/Methodist Covenant.”
“Let's fill the Cathedral with our prayers and praise. Let's make it a great celebration of our unity in Christ, a reminder that all Christians have one Lord and one Saviour,” said Bishop Graham.
Pictured above is the Rt. Revd. Michael Evans.


Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

 Recommended reading 
Not rated. Write the first review or comment
Site Search

 Norfolk services........ 


Twitter-button  facebookbutton


Sign up for our
free e-newsletter

Send us your latest local news and events