It is with very deep regret that we announce the death of Canon Ann Philp yesterday, 7 April 2022. The community of Sarum College share both our sadness and profound gratitude for all that she has given and shared in this place.
Ann had a long, distinguished and influential ministry here in the Diocese of Salisbury since her ordination in 1995. She has worked in lay Christian education, as director of ordinands, as Bishop’s domestic chaplain and as a parish priest in the Woodford Valley. Over all these years Ann has been involved in the evolving life of Sarum College. She worked alongside colleagues in the former Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS), was a Sarum College Trustee from October 2007 to October 2013 and more recently served as Chaplain to the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry.
Her presence, wisdom, pragmatism, careful pastoral attentiveness, good humour and straightforwardness have all been much appreciated by generations of students and ordinands. Ann was a woman of prayer and learning and many have sought her counsel over these years. Her determination to keep on learning brought her back into College where she completed an MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture student exploring the interface between art and theology.
‘I shall remain ever grateful to Ann for her welcome and support when I arrived in Salisbury,’ said The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, Sarum College Principal. ‘Ann was a person of singular vision, a fine priest who modelled intent and vocational purpose for many generations of women and men being formed for ministry. Her judgement, her warm and generous hospitality, her kindness, her encouragement and her questions were the hallmarks of a faithful ministry. A natural and experienced teacher gave her a clarity of thought and expression, which always managed to shift perspectives and deepen learning. We will miss her very much indeed.’
We pray for Ann’s extended family both here and in Eastbourne and look forward to celebrating her life in due course. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.