IS THERE any other cathedral that has both a brother and a
sister among its honorary canons? They have at St
Albans, and, what is more, both were installed on the same
day. Canon Michael Roden is Team Rector of Hitchin, and his sister,
Canon Jo Loveridge, is Team Rector of Hertford and also the first
woman priest to chair the House of Clergy in the diocesan
Canon Loveridge, who is married to the Revd Douglas Loveridge, a
hospital chaplain, said that she not only felt greatly honoured to
be made an honorary canon: to be installed along with her brother
"makes this pretty amazing".
They were both delighted that their installation took place on
the 20th anniversary of the first ordinations of women. Canon Roden
said that "it is a very happy coincidence that Jo and I are both
nearby team rectors, and we often get together for lunch."
Tongue in cheek, he went on to say: "Jo's prospects were not
always promising. When we were little, Jo and I used to sing in the
church choir together, run by my father, and during evensong Jo
would pull faces at me across the chancel. Now that we are canons,
and once again sitting opposite each other, I am hoping my older
sister will be setting a much better example."