New job for Giles Fraser

Being Yanks, we are seldom told that we can’t publish a bit of news “until the Queen announces it,” but that was the case when we learned a few weeks ago that the Cafe’s pre-Lambeth host, the Rev. Canon Giles Fraser was to be named Canon Chancellor at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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Giles Fraser becomes Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s

LONDON (Monday 18th May 2009)

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, currently Vicar of Putney in the Diocese of Southwark, is to be the next Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Paul’s is run by the Dean and Chapter which includes men and women as Residentiary canons with various portfolios. They represent the whole working life of one of the world’s best known Cathedral churches.

As Canon Chancellor, Dr Fraser will fulfil the role of Residentiary canon overseeing the work of the St Paul’s Institute for ethics, and its ambitious, outward-facing programme. He will play a full part in the life of the cathedral and will contribute to its overall mission as a place of prayer, pilgrimage and debate.

Dr Fraser (45) was educated at Newcastle and Oxford before being ordained into the Oxford Diocese in 1993. He worked as a parish priest and chaplain in Oxford until 2000 when he moved to Putney in south London.

In recent years, he has developed a reputation for facing difficult issues head on in his weekly column in the Church Times and as a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. He is the author and co-author of several books.

A passionate Anglican, he is regarded as a priest with a rare ability to identify those issues which non church goers find off-putting and to engage in debate with them.

The Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres said: “The St Paul’s Institute is one of the most exciting aspects of the developing ministry of St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Fraser brings imagination, energy and wide experience to this crucial educational task.”

The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Rt. Revd Graeme Knowles said that he was delighted that Dr Fraser is to join the team at St Paul’s: “This appointment will add a new dimension to the life of the cathedral and we look forward to working collaboratively with Giles as the newest member of Chapter.”

Dr Fraser said: “I am hugely excited about working at St Paul’s. The church in general, and St Paul’s in particular, has a significant role in public debate. I am looking forward to joining a great team and playing my part in such an exciting place.”

Dr Fraser is expected to leave Putney during the summer and be ready for his new ministry at St Paul’s later this autumn.

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