May Update

Thursday 21st April, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Hood and Paul Foster who have been “canonised” or more accurately have been rightly recognised for the years of distinguished service they have given to the Diocese and the wider Church.

Helen Hood, in addition to undertaking an extraordinary number of roles within the Cathedral, has also laboured tirelessly in the ecumenical arena, having held a number of demanding and responsible roles, especially within ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) and Christian Aid.  Recent amendments to the Cathedral Statues and Constitution enabled the Diocesan Synod at Bishop John’s instigation to create an additional number of new honorary canons, including for the first time honorary lay canons.  Helen quite correctly is the first (and currently the only) woman in the Diocese to hold such a title which is richly deserved.

Paul Foster as well as climbing our pulpit steps, is the relatively recently appointed Head of the School of Divinity at New College, University of Edinburgh.  All of us celebrated with great joy when “Dr Foster” became “Professor Foster” in recognition of his highly rated contribution to New Testament scholarship which sees him lecture at home and overseas.  An honorary canonry is the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Edinburgh recognising both his scholarship and the unique achievement of an Anglican priest being Head of School at New College.

Marion Chatterley, Carrie Applegath and Fred Tomlinson have also been made honorary canons of the Cathedral.


  • Former chorister and current alto lay clerk (Dr) Michael Wood on the news of his engagement: we wish Lucy and him every blessing and happiness in their life together.
  • Former chorister David and Jen Chalmers on the safe arrival of a beautiful daughter Evie Elizabeth, a little sister for Rory.  Evie will be baptised in August.
  • Secretary of the Friends of the Cathedral Helen Godfrey on her appointment as Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union.