Minor canon

A minor canon is a member of staff on the establishment of a cathedral or a collegiate church. In at least one foundation the post may be known as "priest-vicar".[1]

Portrait by Andrea del Sarto, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Minor canons are clergy and take part in the daily services but are not part of the formal chapter.[2] They are sometimes, but not exclusively, more junior clergy, often chosen for their singing ability, who have already served a curacy, normally in a parish church.[3]