The Cathedral Chapter
The Cathedral Chapter
At the heart of any Cathedral is a small group of people – known as Dean and the residentiary Canons – who are called to maintain the daily offering of prayer and worship and, with others who are appointed to the Cathedral Chapter, oversee the Cathedral’s life.
- Members of the Cathedral Chapter
- The Dean - The Very Reverend Mark Boyling (2004)
- The Chapter Treasurer - Canon James Westoll (2011)
- The Canon Warden - The Reverend Canon Janet Kearton (2013)
- The Canon Missioner - The Revd Canon Michael Manley (2007)
- The Archdeacon of Carlisle - The Venerable Kevin Roberts (2009)
- Lay Member of Chapter - Canon Alex Barbour (2012)
- The Chapter Clerk - Mr Ian Burns (2001)
Adapting some of the traditions of the Augustinian Canons, who served Carlisle Priory from 1122-1540, the Cathedral Chapter:
- Maintains a pattern of daily worship and invite others to join them in these acts of prayer and praise
- Gathers at least nine times a year “in Chapter” as an executive body to oversee the Cathedral’s life and shape Cathedral policy
- Serves, as opportunity allows, the community in which the Cathedral is set – both the secular community of the County of Cumbria and the City of Carlisle, and also the ecclesiastical community of the Diocese of Carlisle
- Continues the tradition of welcome and hospitality to the Cathedral and its precinct
- Whilst not living “in community” in the same way as their forebears, members of the Chapter are specially conscious of their nearest neighbours and colleagues and try to embody the call to build up their common life together.
At the heart of any Cathedral is a small group of people – known as the residentiary Canons – who are called to maintain the daily offering of prayer and worship and, with others appointed to the Cathedral Chapter, oversee the Cathedral’s life.
In practice, the Cathedral Chapter is like a Board of Directors. Members have oversight of everything from the choice of hymns to be used at a service, to the appointment of Cathedral staff and the safety and well-being of visitors to the Cathedral. Most importantly the Chapter sets the direction of the policies and strategy by which it hopes the Cathedral can serve God and the people of Cumbria and beyond in our generation.
The Dean chairs meetings of the Chapter. The Dean of Carlisle is appointed by the Crown. He is also a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team in the diocese.
Two residentiary Canons (the Canon Warden and the Canon Missioner) are charged to work principally at the Cathedral. Like the Dean, they are also regarded as a resource to the diocese and are often able to fulfil senior roles beyond the Cathedral, often as consultants, mentors or in offering pastoral support.
At Carlisle one of the residentiary Canons is charged to work mainly outside the Cathedral as the Archdeacon of Carlisle. He is also a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team and is responsible for the development and smooth running of the Archdeaconry of Carlisle, which comprises the Rural Deaneries of Appleby, Brampton, Carlisle and Penrith.
The Chapter Clerk is the senior lay officer of the Chapter and, at Carlisle, combines these duties with those of Bursar.
The Governance of the Cathedral
The life of the Cathedral is governed by “the Council, the Chapter and the College of Canons” who, in law, constitute “a body corporate with perpetual succession”. Their responsibilities are set out in the Cathedral’s Constitution and Statutes which were drawn up in accordance with the Cathedrals Measure 1999 and came into effect in September 2000.
The Cathedral Council
The Cathedral Council is the senior advisory body within the governance of the Cathedral. The Chairman and 8 members of the Council are appointed by the Bishop, in consultation with the Bishop’s Council; 8 others are appointed and represent different aspects of the Cathedral community. The Cathedral Council meets at least twice a year.
The College of Canons
The College of Canons brings together experienced priests who are appointed by the Bishop and who are able to advise the Chapter as it shapes Cathedral policy and act as ambassadors for the Cathedral across the diocese. Each of the 24 members of the College has their own stall within the Cathedral. This body elects the Bishop of Carlisle as part of the formal process of appointment. In recent years, Honorary Ecumenical Canons have been able to contribute an ecumenical perspective to the deliberations of the College.