Durham Cathedral’s new Sunderland-born Canon to be installed in Evensong service

The Reverend Charlie Allen will be officially installed in her post as Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral at Evensong at 3pm on Saturday 22 September. Coming to the Cathedral from a post in the Diocese of Salisbury as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Coordinator for Initial Ministerial Education, she will build on the legacy left by Canon Rosalind Brown, who retired from the Canon Chancellor post earlier this year.

Charlie says, “Durham Cathedral is a focus of prayer, gathering and mission for the North East and beyond. I am delighted to be joining the team here at such an exciting chapter in its life together. I look forward to contributing to its flourishing, and to serving the people of the diocese and region in the same spirit of joy and hope that St Cuthbert embraced so deeply.”

In her new role, Charlie’s duties will centre on public engagement between the Cathedral and the wider community. She will lead on Christian stewardship, welcome and pastoral care for all those who visit and worship at the Cathedral. Her work will also encompass promoting pilgrimage at the Cathedral, including the Bishop of Durham’s 2020 designated Year of Pilgrimage project, and working with the Diocese and the Bishop to affirm Durham Cathedral’s importance as the site of the Bishop’s ministry. As Canon Chancellor she will also have interim responsibility for learning and outreach, and promote public engagement with the Cathedral Library and collections through Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience.

Charlie grew up in Sunderland, with grandparents living within hearing distance of the ‘Roker Roar’, Sunderland AFC’s original ground. While her family later moved to Yorkshire, Charlie returned to the North East to study Philosophy and Theology at Durham University ahead of training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham says, “I am delighted that Charlie is coming to join the excellent team at Durham Cathedral. She will bring fresh creativity and ideas to the abundance already in place. It will be a joy to have her deep rooted local love of the Northern Saints in the wider Diocesan life.”

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham says, “Charlie’s return to the North East is a true home-coming. Her unbounded affinity for the region will be invaluable as she leads on the Cathedral’s external affairs and wider public engagement. Her rich experience of pastoral care and chaplaincy will bring depth to the nurturing of the Cathedral’s worshipping community and the Cathedral’s Christian stewardship.”

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