Married gay priest appointed Oxford college chaplain

Potential clash with the diocese of Oxford as Church of England canon law does not allow married gay clergy to hold a license

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[Lady Margaret Hall] is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chaplain, the Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain.

Andrew was ordained nearly 30 years ago and most recently was Vicar of St Mary with All Souls, Kilburn and St James, West Hampstead. He will join the College in September.

He lived in Oxford from 1994-98 whilst Domestic Chaplain to the then Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Richard Harries, now Lord Harries of Pentegrath.

Andrew said: “I am excited about starting work at LMH alongside a leadership team who are inspirational in their commitment to equality and diversity and the highest standards.  It will be wonderful to continue my priestly ministry sharing in the welfare and care of the students and staff of the community and I am looking forward to getting to know Oxford again, working alongside the other College Chaplains and renewing my contacts within the Diocese of Oxford.”

He is married to Stephen Foreshew-Cain, who works as a Chief Operating Officer for an international technology consultancy. 

Alan Rusbridger, Principal of LMH, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew back to LMH. During the term he spent at the college as sabbatical cover he won many friends with his energy, commitment and empathy. He will be a marvellous Chaplain in succession to Allan Doig, who has served us with such dedication over many years.”