The Charterhouse, the 7-acre almshouse and historic site between Barbican and Farringdon, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Preacher, The Revd. Canon Ann Clarke. Canon Ann joins the Charterhouse from her role as Associate Priest for the Wanstead parish in London, previous to which she was Priest -in-Charge in North Bersted and an Honorary Canon for Chichester Cathedral.
Canon Ann says: “The challenging and exciting times I have been through both in Parish ministry and secular employment should equip me well to support the Charterhouse as it looks to becoming a more outward looking institution.
I am passionate about inclusivity and would see it as my role to involve, stimulate and engage those who want to be involved, and give of my best to be a catalyst for cohesion and harmony.”
The role of Preacher goes back to when the Charterhouse charity was founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611. Today it is not only a role concerned with the religious life of the residents (known as Brothers) here, but includes the pastoral care and wellbeing of the whole community whether religious or not, and the development of the Charterhouse’s outreach and role in the wider community in Islington and the City.
Ann has more than 45 years experience both in education and in diverse roles in the Church. Her work has often focused on inclusivity and working in local communities, offering counselling as well as spiritual guidance. Her energy, modern outlook, wisdom and relevant experience make Canon Ann a very good and positive fit here at this charitable institution which is home to over 40 older people from different backgrounds.
The Brothers and Governors all took an active part in interviewing and selection, and when the final decision was made, Dr Michael Harding, one of the Governors said: “At this time of challenge, the appointment of Canon Ann is such a joy and full of promise; her passion, enthusiasm and experience will be most welcome.”
Ann will be moving to the Charterhouse in September, and taking over the role previously held by the Revd. Robin Isherwood for five years and who has now retired.
The Revd. Canon Ann Clarke
Ann felt called to the priesthood aged just 14 and, 37 years and a teaching career later, this calling was finally fulfilled. Ann served her title at St Gabriel’s Aldersbrook followed by eight years as Team Rector of Becontree South in Dagenham. She then became Priest-in-Charge of North Bersted for eight years in the Diocese of Chichester and is a Canon Emerita of Chichester Cathedral. She has most recently been an Associate Priest in the Parish of Wanstead, East London.