Carl has been Rector of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, since 2014.Saint Thomas is world-renowned for its liturgical and musical program and its unique Choir School where all the students are choristers and one of only three such schools left in the world.Open to the public 365 days a year in the middle of midtown Manhattan, the church is an oasis of prayer with a global reach.Two blocks from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, ecumenical relationships are strong and supports an ecumenical social work project helping the homeless in the local area.
Prior to coming to Saint Thomas, Fr. Turner was Canon Precentor of Exeter Cathedral for thirteen years. He led the Department of Liturgy and Music and worked with the 850-year-old Cathedral School. Canon Turner was responsible for all the Cathedral’s worship and music, including Diocesan liturgy, and advised the Bishop and clergy in many areas of pastoral liturgy.
Carl is actively involved with three American seminaries – Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale, the General Theological Seminary, and Nashotah House.He has also encouraged a partnership with Oxford University through St. Stephens’s House to provide exchange opportunities in New York and visiting faculty from the University to lecture in New York.
Canon Turner is a Fellow of Woodard Schools, a member of the Venerable Order of Saint John, a Chaplain to the Order of St Lazarus, and a Priest Associate of the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham. He has cordial relationships with the Anglican Center, Rome, and is committed to fostering greater cooperation between the churches.Recently, the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta in Rome awarded him the Cross of the Order Pro Piis Merito in recognition of his commitment to ecumenical relations particularly between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church; he is only the second Anglican priest to receive that honor.
Canon Turner was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom in 1960. By happy coincidence, this was also the hometown of the XI Rector of Saint Thomas Church.