Over 200 people from across Sudbury and the diocese, including friends from around the country, attended the installation of the new incumbent at St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury.
The Rev Canon Cheryl Collins was licenced by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury Ipswich, The Right Rev Martin Seeley on Tuesday, July 5.
Cannon Collins’ appointment comes after The Rev Canon Greg Webb’s death last year.
East Anglian born and bred, Canon Collins comes to Sudbury with a wealth of experience having been among the first women to be ordained as priests in 1994, and latterly from Suffolk Heights that include the parishes of Chedburgh, Chevington, Depden, Hargrave, Hawkedon and Rede.
Bishop Martin paid tribute to the late Canon Webb whose work and contribution in the parish was recognised and onto which, Canon Collins is committed to continue to build upon.
She said she was very keen to immerse herself into the life of both the church and the town and was looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.
“I am longing to know Sudbury and its residents and really look forward to getting to know the community, the various organisations, groups, businesses and residents,” she said.
St Gregory’s reader Lynda Sebbage said: “We all wish Cheryl a long and very happy ministry here in Sudbury.”