Special honour for Father Spicer

Father Nicholas Spicer has been made an honorary canon at Southwell Minster
Father Nicholas Spicer has been made an honorary canon at Southwell Minster

Father Nicholas Spicer of Worksop Priory has been appointed as an honorary canon of Southwell Minster.

The announcement was made by the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

Father Spicer is the priest at Worksop Priory of St Mary and St Cuthbert with Carburton, and Priest in Charge of Worksop St Paul in the Deanery of Bassetlaw and Bawtry.

Father Spicer studied theology at St David’s Lampeter and, after a year working as a volunteer at the youth centre attached to Coventry Cathedral, he trained for the priesthood at The College of The Resurrection in Mirfield.

He said: “Since then I have been blessed by being four years as chaplain with the hospitals in Hammersmith and in parishes in Bristol, Willesden Green in London and near Colchester.

“My calling in 2007 to Worksop Priory came through others as a response to the Parochial Church Council’s person spec, and I feel greatly blessed to be here.

“In my time here working with two stipendiary colleagues and several hard-working retried priests, I have overseen considerable work to the fabric of the building and a marked growth in discipleship and new disciples.

“Bishop George asked me to be the Representative to the Bishop of Beverley for Traditionalist Catholics in the diocese, a role of encouragement and support which, although not always easy, has been of blessing.”

When the dog collar comes off Nicolas enjoys visiting the cinema, walking, bird watching and meals out with friends.

Honorary Canons of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Southwell, are members of the College of Canons, which usually meets in February, May and September.

The role of the college is to support the Dean and Chapter in developing life and ministry of the cathedral, especially in its role within the wider mission of the diocese and the ministry of the Bishop.

The appointment is for seven years and Father Spicer will be given the stall of Beckingham.

He will be officially installed in his new role at a service at the cathedral on Sunday, April 30 at 3.30pm.