The Revd Canon Rosy Fairhurst was installed at a service of welcome on Sunday 7 September as the new Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral, with 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.
We asked Rosy to introduce herself…
‘Hi! I’m Rosy Fairhurst and I started work at the Cathedral as Canon Chancellor in September.
It’s ‘Chancellor’ as in an educational role, rather than too much to do with exchequers. So I’ll be looking after education, discipleship and formation for the Cathedral congregation, the visitors and seeing what I can contribute across the Diocese, working alongside the Mission and Ministry Team. Obviously one of the challenges and opportunities will be working with visitors in the light of the reburial of Richard III in the Cathedral, an area which Alison Adams has already been making huge strides with.
I enjoyed very much setting up and running courses at St Martin in the Fields, and getting small groups going there. My work at The Grubb Institute also involved developing leadership conferences for Christians which I’m still evolving and will be running one in November.
Most recently, I have been exploring developing new monastic communities, both in the East End and on a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in the USA. I look forward to discovering the communities that are springing up around the Diocese, encouraging them, and seeing how the existing Cathedral community, with its long rooted rhythms of prayer and mission, might be able to develop its life.’