Two new honorary canons were installed at Ripon Cathedral during the evensong service on Sunday, January 7 by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines.

Rev Guy Donegan-Cross, Vicar of St Mark’s, Harrogate, chairs the Harrogate Hub which helps those who are isolated or in need of support and helps lead the HG1000 campaign. Since its launch in 2014, the campaign has galvanised businesses, churches, schools and sports people to raise money to buy more than 1,000 water filters which guarantee clean drinking water for a lifetime for people in the developing world.

The campaign also aims to lift 1,000 children throughout the world out of poverty through a sponsorship scheme.  Guy is also on the Diocesan Synod and is a tutor on the Diocesan Mission and Ministry course.

Rev Donegan-Cross said: “We all get to guard and share something precious – Jesus’ good news of the kingdom. I guess canons get to guard and share how that good news is rooted in a cathedral and community.  I’m looking forward to learning how to do that in a culture where people are thirsty for roots and foundations that last.”

The second honorary canon, Rev Mark Powley, is Principal of St Hild College which supports full-time and part-time ordinands, Baptist ministers in training and independent students. St Hild has teaching centres in York, Sheffield and Mirfield and works with 140 students across the region. Rev Powley said: “It’s a privilege for me and St Hild College, to be associated with the work of the cathedral in serving the Diocese of Leeds. Our prayer at St Hild is for the whole church to be equipped in mission so that churches can be grown, planted and revitalised across our region. We look forward to to working with the cathedral to this end.”

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, said: “Both Guy and Mark and extremely talented individuals who will make a substantial contribution to the life of the cathedral. I am looking forward to working with them more closely for the benefit of both the cathedral and the diocese.”