Tuesday 5th October 2021 St Chad’s Cathedral held the Capitular Mass of the Venerable Metropolitan Chapter and the Rite of Installation to a Canonry of Very Reverend Canon Richard Walker Vicar General and Very Reverend Canon Gerard Murray.
Canons Richard and Gerard are now part of the Chapter of Canons, who form the governing body of the Cathedral, caring for it and for its liturgical life.
They are also the College of Consultors who advise the Archbishop about the life and mission of the Archdiocese.
The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Wright in the presence of His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley.
Mgr Tim Menezes, Cathedral Dean and Secretary of the Chapter read the nominations for the two Canons who then made the promise of Obedience and the Profession of Faith.
In turn, the new Canons ascended the sanctuary and knelt before the Archbishop as they were dressed in the cappa parva (small hooded cape). The Archbishop presented them with a copy of the Chapter Statutes and formally admitted them saying:
I now admit you as a member of the Chapter of our Cathedral Church of St. Chad with the rights and duties of that office in the name of ✠the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.