Michael Roden to be Installed as Canon Chancellor

On Saturday 12 January, during Evensong at 3.30pm, the Dean of Bristol will collate and install the Revd Canon Michael Roden as Canon Chancellor of Bristol Cathedral.

The Canon Chancellor will lead the Cathedral's education and discipleship work, as well as contributing to the Cathedral's commitment to improving visitor and volunteer experience and engaging with issues of social justice across the city. 

"I am delighted that we will be welcoming Michael to Bristol. He will bring new energy and a wealth of experience as we broaden and deepen our engagement with this wonderful, vibrant, diverse and, sadly, still divided city. He is a fine pastor, preacher and priest and his ministry in Hitchin has been hugely admired. He has also made a national impact, helping us better understand the impact and legacy of the partition of India. I feel privileged to have him as a colleague." 

~ The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

Evensong is at 3.30pm on Saturday and will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant who will present Canon Michael on behalf of the Crown, and the Bishop of Bristol, who will preach. The music includes Howells' Gloucester Service, recently sung by the Cathedral Choir live on BBC Radio 3 in their broadcast of Choral Evensong in December 2018, and Cornelius's solo-chorale anthem, The Three Kings, suitable for Epiphany. 

Before ordination Michael worked with alcoholics in Handsworth, Birmingham and with the homeless in Chelsea.

Since ordination, Michael has served in an inner city parish in Lambeth, a suburban parish in Wimbledon, as assistant priest in the University church in Oxford and as chaplain to Wadham College Oxford. After eight years in rural ministry in Oxfordshire, Michael has most recently been serving as Rector of Hitchin and has been running what Simon Jenkins described as ‘the largest and jolliest church in Hertfordshire’. Michael has taken a keen interest in social justice and interfaith tension and founded The Partition History project, which has won awards for best history project and best Asian play, and has both appeared in several BBC programmes and been discussed in Parliament.

Michael is married to Janet van der Linden, Professor of Interaction Design at the Open University and has two children Willeke, an engineer working in the oil industry in Rotterdam, and Pieter, a geography undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Pieter has graciously accepted his parents moving to his university city!

Posted on 8th January 2019