New Anglican Chaplain Announced For Scilly

Canon Perran GayScilly’s Anglican Church will retain a permanent Chaplain when Canon Paul Miller retires this autumn.

The Bishop of Truro has announced that Canon Perran Gay, currently Canon Precentor of Truro Cathedral, will take on the role from 17th October.

55-year-old Perran is a Cornishman and former Truro School pupil. After he gained his English degree at Cambridge University he taught RE to secondary pupils in Wadebridge School.

He then trained for the priesthood near Oxford and read Theology at Oxford University.

He knows Scilly well as he’s visited at least once a year to provide Chaplaincy cover.

Perran says he has always loved Scilly, “not just because it is an incredibly beautiful place, but more because of the people there, some of whom look back through generations of experience of island life, and others who have deliberately chosen Scilly as their home.”

He says that he looks forwards to “learning some of the secrets of the islands and their life from them and with them” and that he relished the challenge of relating his Christian faith and understanding to Scilly.

Perran will move to Scilly with his wife Rainy who has worked for 30 years as psychiatric nurse caring for those with Alzheimer’s .

He lists his interests as piano and organ playing, birdwatching, traveling and he has a passion for Sci-Fi.

Perran was a keen Methodist and preached when he was a young man.

About God he says, “I think the Church has sometimes been obsessed with arguing about points of belief or doctrine, when Jesus seemed to be more interested in helping people live their lives to the full.’