THE VICAR of Prestatyn was installed as a Cursal Canon during a special service at St Asaph Cathedral.
Rev Quentin Bellamy, who was ordained in St Asaph Cathedral in 1990 and is currently serving as the vicar or Prestatyn and Area Dean of St Asaph, received the honour on Sunday (March, 23)
As part of his new role, Mr Bellamy will assume responsibility for the Friends of St Asaph Cathedral and help fundraise for the cathedral redevelopment project.
Mr Bellamy said: “When I was first ordained, I spent £40 on a life membership subscription to the Friends of the Cathedral. It has stung my conscience that in all that time, I haven’t taken an active role in the life of the Friends. I want to change that by helping to raise the profile of this fabulous organisation both in our diocese and beyond.
"We have already set up a Facebook page and we plan to offer online fundraising via the Cathedral website.
“It’s an honour and a great joy to be made Canon and I look forward to furthering the work of the Mother Church of the Diocese.”
A Cathedral Canon is usually a senior member of the clergy and is honoured for his or her faithful service to the Diocese.
Rev Pamela Powell, the vicar of Llansantffraid and Llanfechain in Montgomeryshire and Area Dean of Mathrafal, was also installed as Canon Chancellor during the service and Rev Kathy Collins, chaplaincy manager for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, became honourary canon of the Cathedral.
The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Rev Dr Gregory K Cameron added: “Quentin Bellamy is a well-known local man doing great work in Prestatyn and as Area Dean in the coastal part of the diocese.
“Quentin’s role in developing the work of the Friends of the Cathedral comes at an important time when the Cathedral needs more support in bringing its ambitious Development Plan into existence.”