The Church of England - Diocese of Chichester
The Parish and Priory Church of
St Nicholas, Arundel
The Right Revd R David Farrer, Vicar
Born in Surrey, UK, Fr David moved to Australia as a child. He trained as a horticulturalist before entering St Barnabas College, Adelaide in 1964 as a candidate for the Diocese of Adelaide. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1968 and to the priesthood in 1969 and served his curacy in the Parish of Plympton with Richmond.
After three years as Priest-in-Charge of the Mission District of Hillcrest he returned to Melbourne in 1973 to become Assistant Priest at the Parish Church of the City of Melbourne, St Peter's, Eastern Hill. In 1975 he was inducted as Vicar of Christ Church, Brunswick and during his fourteen years there did a six-month exchange with the Vicar of St Mary's Church in the City of Nottingham, UK. In 1990 he returned to Eastern Hill as Vicar and Director of the Institute for Spiritual Studies. He served as a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, as Archdeacon first of La Trobe and then of Melbourne, and as the first Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria.
He was consecrated bishop at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne on 1 February 1998 and enthroned the next day at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, in North-East Victoria. After completing ten years as Bishop of the Diocese of Wangaratta he returned both to parish ministry and to the country of his birth and in September 2009 was inducted as Vicar of the Parish and Priory Church of St Nicholas, Arundel, with Tortington and South Stoke, West Sussex. He also serves as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chichester.
The Revd Canon Brian E Cook, Honorary Assistant Priest
Fr Brian studied for the priesthood at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and served his Title in the Diocese of Southwark. He moved to the Diocese of Portsmouth to be Priest-in-Charge of St Mary Magdalene, Sheet, in Hampshire and spent fifteen years as rector of the Parish of Liss. He served as Rural Dean of Petersfield and is a Canon Emeritus of Portsmouth Cathedral. He and his wife Yvette retired into the Chichester Diocese and after visiting St Nicholas' Church, Arundel, for a Mass on the Feast of Candlemas, they have never really been away for very long.
Fr Brian was a 'late' ordinand, having previously trained at RADA and worked in the theatre as an actor, director and, for ten years, as head of the Drama Department of ArtsEd. He is a member of the Society of Theatre Research and is Chairman of the Council of the Religious Drama Society.