Sunday, 21 November 2021 16:08

New honorary and lay canons announced

The Bishop of Derby’s office has announced that three people are to be honoured with the role of canon at Derby Cathedral.

The three appointments are:

Honorary canons:

  • Revd Patrick Coleman, Vicar of All Saints Chesterfield (The Crooked Spire) andSt Leonard's (Mission Church) Spital
  • Revd Julian Hollywell, Vicar of St Werburgh Spondon, Priest-in-charge of St Mark Derby and St Philip Chaddesden, and Minister Responsible at St Andrew with St Osmund Derby

Lay canon:

  • Emily Brailsford, Derby Diocesan President-elect of the Mothers’ Union and Project Officer at Rural Action Derbyshire.

The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Emily, Julian and Patrick as members of Derby Cathedral’s College of Canons as the ministries and contributions of three distinguished people in the Diocese of Derby are honoured and marked.

“Their experience and commitment to the church’s ministry in the Diocese of Derby will be of great service to the life of our cathedral as we reimagine its future over the next few years.”

It is expected that Emily, Julian and Patrick will be collated and installed on Sunday, 16 January, in a special service led by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, and the Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby.



Honorary canons serve the bishop, the cathedral and the whole of the diocese acting as a ’two way’ ambassador for the cathedral.

They have an outward facing role involving listening, sharing stories and promoting the cathedral across the diocese and helping the cathedral to listen to the wider diocese.

Acting as representatives of the cathedral at local licensings/institutions, they welcome people new to the diocese into relationship with the cathedral.

Honorary canons are part of the cathedral’s College of Canons which is a body that is able to reflect theologically on the place of the cathedral in the life, mission and ministry of the diocese and its contribution.

They currently meet two or three times a year to discuss how the cathedral is approaching its vocation theologically, tactically and strategically.

They are a significant part of the cathedral community, whether present or not, and are welcome to join in any aspects of the cathedral’s life, worship and ministry.

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