Our vicar is made an Honorary Canon

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The Vicar of Halifax has been given a prestigious role as an Honorary Canon by the Bishop of Wakefield.

Reverend Canon Hilary Barber, Vicar of the Minster church of St John the Baptist, Halifax, will be assigned a seat at Wakefield Cathedral.

He said: “It is really exciting and I am excited to serve the diocese in a new way.

“It is a great honour to be invited and it brings together three years of very hard work by everyone at the Minster.”

Mr Barber has guided the congregation of St John’s through the process by which the parish church became the second Minster church in the diocese.

He is a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Committee and the Diocesan Board of Education and has developed relationships with the local political, military and civic institutions.

Mr Barber is active in community life with the Calderdale Board for Standards in Public Life, Calderdale Interfaith Council, the Halifax Civic Engagement group and Calderdale Community Foundation.

His installation as an Honorary Canon will be at 4pm on Sunday, April 10.