| The College of Canons
(Clergy of the Holy Light)
Stable and Growing
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The College of Canons (commonly referred to as the "Clergy of the Holy Light") is an order of canon clerics attached to the Cathedral of Light. They are a subdivision of the Church of the Holy Light. By mandate of the Council of Bishops, the College of Canons is overseen by the Bishop of Stormwind.
The College of Canons was founded for the purposes of providing a stable group of clerics (priests, paladins and monks) who can fulfill the ministerial needs of the Cathedral of Light. The clerics of the College of Canons are directly obedient to the Bishop of Stormwind. They vow to serve the needs of the Cathedral and its people.
The College of Canons is well known for its involvement in diplomatic relations, weekly liturgy, its participation in the warfare, and its consistent innovation and compassionate presentation of the faith.
The College of Canons is governed by the Bishop of Stormwind, who possesses ordinary power over the college. He governs through the Light's Elect and the Deans, by the guidance and constitution of the Rule of the College of Canons.
Below the Deans are the Prebendaries, who are the respected veterans of the order.
After the Prebendaries are the Canons Regular, who are the backbone of the clergy. They are the priests and knights, fully versed in the ways of the Light, and vested with its many blessings.
The Minor Canons are the deacons and sergeants of the order, forming well a body of students and worthy servants.
The Fellows are students, still new in the deep traditions of the college. Their task is to observe and serve the people of the Cathedral in their humble ways.
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The tradition of the College of Canons dictates that the college was founded and instituted by Alonsus Faol in the latter years of his archiepiscopate. Following the foundation of the Cathedral of Light by Alonsus Faol and his apprentice, Jarl, there was some contention in the church regarding who would be the diurnal custodians of the rituals of the newly-bult effigy of the Holy Light's majesty and the immortal spiritual power of the Church of the Holy Light in the rebuilding Stormwind City.
Many factions disputed their right to be the ministers of the Cathedral, including many groups of clerists loyal to the newly coronated Varian Wrynn, several bishops professing allegiance to the celebrated and time-tested Terenas Menethil, detachments of the Order of the Silver Hand that were forming under King and Church.
From the discord, His Holiness elected that, instead of secular clergy, that regular clergy would be the stewards of the temple, and that a college of these regular clerics would be formed from amongst the body of the Clerics of Northshire, the small and war-torn order of priests from the near-by and recently reerected Northshire Abbey. The clerics from Northshire would continue to minister for the Cathedral of Light. The Archbishop would eventually establish his seat in Stormwind City to lead the church to aid in the restoral of a desperate and broken superpower and, indeed, to begin undoing the destruction on the church's archives in Northshire Abbey.
Alonsus Faol's industrious efforts had lasting results that last even up to the present day, but his untimely death was concurrent with the Undead Plague that ravaged the north and sent the Church of the Holy Light in the north to splinters, resulting in the Scarlet Crusade and the Argent Dawn.
However devastating both the Archbishop's death and the Undead Plague was to the Church of the Holy Light, immediate action was demanded of it, else the Order of the Silver Hand would be assimilated by these schismatic groups and all of Alonsus Faol's work would have been for nothing. The mourning bishops that remained of the carnage, devastation, and heresies that so deeply upset the moral authority and presence of the now beyond-decimated Council of Bishops met deep in the chambers of the Cathedral of Light in conclave and, desperate for a priest that would continue the work of the former Archbishop, elected Jarl, the apprentice of the late Alonsus Faol and co-arcitect of the Cathedral of Light. He chose for himself the name Benedictus.
Benedictus quickly took the leadership of the college formed by his predecessor, declaring himself the Archbishop of the Holy Church and Bishop of Stormwind, putting him in the natural center of a church now almost entirely centered from the Cathedral of Light. During this time, the Clerics of Northshire and consequently the College of Canons as it was known at the time, weakened in power as the Archbishop made all appointments directly and by the authority of the archiepiscopate.
The status quo continues much the same for over a decade under Benedictus, the college of canons passing through the hands of many notable bishops, and enjoying revival under then-Mellar Servus. After Servus's widely-purported death, Kaston Electus took up the mantle, and, after time, it fell into a defunct status.
An unlikely candidate for success came to the Cathedral of Light in green threadbare robes. Once a servant of the Argent Crusade, Johannes Moorwhelp came onto the scene with an unparalleled zeal for the Three Virtues and the moral philosophy of the Light, which he espoused in daily sermons to the people.
Meanwhile, the hierarchy of the church took note of Johannes's pastoral style and his ability to teach and preach, and, much to Johannes's dismay, called him to be the auxiliary bishop of Stormwind. He was given no official task by his betters, but his style of service never diminished.
Johannes found great need of priests and paladins to assist him in his mission, and he took note of the history of the College of Canons. He lamented at its defunct status. Quietly, Johannes used his newfound benefice, a run-down rectory in the Dwarven District, and the wheat tax given to him by a few noble benefactors, and he reestablished the modern College of Canons.
The Bishop was incredibly selective of who he allowed to represent the College of Canons, but, after a time, he established a small and well-equipped group, whose task it was to serve the people of the Cathedral with healing services and spiritual guidance.
The College of Canons distinguished its self through innovations that changed the way the church worked. The Three Trials system was created as a means to train new priests and paladins in the Clergy, and, over the course of a few months, the system was implemented in most every order in the church.