Vicar installed as Honorary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral

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The Vicar of St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, the Rev’d Paul Scott, has been made an Honorary Canon of St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle at an evening service on Sunday, 13th March.

The title of Honorary Canon is given as a recognition of dedicated service in the diocese. Paul has been Vicar of Alnwick since 2012 and last year was made the local Area Dean. Following three years as Curate of North Shields he was then Vicar of St Mark’s, Shiremoor for nine years before coming to Alnwick. Born a little further up the coast in Cresswell, Paul is thought to be the first Northumbrian Vicar of Alnwick for over 200 years.

The ceremony, in St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, was presided over by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman and the installation carried out by the Dean of Newcastle, the Very Reverend Christopher Dalliston.

During his sermon, the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Right Rev’d Frank White said, “We are here to honour you for your service to God and our neighbours. It is appropriate that you receive this recognition in a time of prayer and worship, and we hope that this will be a springboard to greater things in the future.”

The Rev’d Canon Paul Scott said, “I was both humbled and honoured by the invitation to become an Honorary Canon of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral.  I have many happy associations with the Cathedral – not least as the place where I was ordained Deacon and Priest and where Jane and I were married.  I look forward to doing what I can to support the witness and ministry of the Cathedral and to promote its life, and the many exciting activities that happen there, in this part of Northumberland.”

A group from St Michael’s Church and other well-wishers from Alnwick also travelled to Newcastle to witness the ceremony alongside former parishioners from North Shields and Shiremoor.

Photos courtesy of the Diocese of Newcastle.

Article in the Northumberland Gazette

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