The Bishop of Portsmouth, in close consultation with the Dean of Portsmouth and the Cathedral Chapter, wishes to appoint a Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean. This key role in the Cathedral’s life comes at an exciting time, with a renewed vision and strategy in place, and the Cathedral seeking to develop and grow the scope of its mission and ministry ahead of our 2027 centenary.
We are seeking a prayerful, collaborative and imaginative priest who will have particular responsibility for the Cathedral’s work in the areas of learning (including wide-ranging work with schools), volunteers, community engagement, safeguarding, artistic installations and exhibitions, as well as playing a full part in the liturgical, evangelistic and pastoral life of the Cathedral.
The purpose of the role is to play a full part in Chapter’s responsibility for the governance and strategy of the Cathedral under the 2021 Cathedrals Measure, and in delivering the Cathedral’s Vision and Strategy (https://www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/vision).
Learning and teaching
The Cathedral Community
The Wider Community
The successful candidate will be a priest in the Church of England or the Anglican Communion, who has been in holy orders for at least six years. In order to be considered for the role you will also be able to demonstrate:
We are committed to encouraging applications that help to reflect the diverse communities that we serve, and are striving to build an inclusive culture where all feel welcome and respected. We would particularly welcome UKME/GMH and younger applicants.
For centuries Portsmouth Cathedral, often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’, has watched, listened and helped the people of Portsmouth navigate the passage of time with faith and confidence in God. It has witnessed war and peace, famous marriages, suffered bomb damage, been rebuilt and remains a building of greatness and simple enduring beauty. More than this, it is a vibrant and lively community which has a positive impact on the lives of people in its own parish, the City and Diocese of Portsmouth. The Cathedral is a distinctively spiritual and prayerful space, into which everyone is welcome to come; a Christian community committed to promoting social justice, inclusivity and compassion.
Dating back to 1180 the original chapel dedicated to Thomas of Canterbury became a parish church in the 14th century and a cathedral in the 20th century. The Cathedral, as Mother Church, is at the heart of the life of the Diocese of Portsmouth which covers south-east Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. In addition to the many diocesan services and events which are held throughout the year, the Cathedral is used for special services for the City, charities, the Royal Navy and local schools. Educational workshops and visits are offered through an evolving outreach programme. Alongside use of the Cathedral and its community spaces for concerts, art exhibitions and workshops we are increasing the commercial use of our facilities as we seek to ensure our financially sustainability.