The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, has announced that the Revd Rosy Fairhurst is to be the new Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral. She will have responsibility for education and pastoral care at the Cathedral.
Rosy Fairhurst has wide experience in the Church of England. She has been a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square and Director of Mission and Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, one of the leading colleges where future priests are trained. Rosy has also worked as an Organisational Analyst for the Grubb Institute, where she played a key role in a major research project on English Cathedrals entitled Spiritual Capital. She is a journalist and writer, whose publications include the book Uncovering Sin: Gateway to healing and calling, as well as bible study notes for the Scripture Union.
Rosy joins Leicester Cathedral from her current work exploring the potential for a new monastic community at Bromley by Bow Church and Centre in the heart of London’s East End, which follows a long interest in Christian communities and in different expressions of church. Like Leicester, Bromley by Bow is one of the most diverse and multi-faith areas in the whole of England.
Having started her working life as a secondary school teacher in inner London, Rosy has a worked on a number of projects with and for young people, especially in Hackney and Islington. She has seen the value of giving youth their head: the drama class which the Homerton Youth Project she chaired enabled to start from its premises, run by a young local church member, has now grown into the not-for-profit Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School, spread over a large part of inner London. One of its pupils, Jermain Jackman, has just won BBC singing competition The Voice for 2014.
Before she takes up her role at the Cathedral, Rosy is spending eight weeks in the United States on a Winston Churchill travel fellowship, exploring new monastic communities and faith-based social enterprise there.
In her spare time Rosy enjoys swimming, riding her Brompton bicycle, cooking and eating out (especially Indian food), art, walking, travelling and sailing (if she gets the chance). She also watches test cricket and has a keen interest in football.
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, said: ‘Rosy comes to us with a wide range of gifts and abilities. She has considerable experience of working in areas like Leicester where there is a diversity of faith communities. Her ability to reach out to young and old alike will benefit the work of the Cathedral and the Diocese as a whole. We look forward to having her with us and benefiting from her knowledge and fresh ideas.’
The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: ‘Rosy has enormous wisdom to share as we go through a significant period of change at Leicester Cathedral. We were looking for someone who wants to learn, laugh and pray with us. We’re delighted that we’ve found just such a person and we’re all looking forward to welcoming her into the Cathedral family.’
The Revd Rosy Fairhurst, said: ‘I’m delighted to be making the move to Leicester, to join such a warm and lively team and to get to know and seek to serve the communities of such a fascinating city and county at this time of opportunity.’