Minister for Faith Lord Bourne concluded a year-long tour of all 42 Anglican cathedrals in England by visiting Canterbury Cathedral where he met the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby and the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis. Earlier in the day Lord Bourne had also visited Rochester Cathedral.
After a short tour of the Cathedral Nave and being shown The Canterbury Journey restoration work on the Nave roof, Lord Bourne’s visit on Friday (22 September 2017) concluded with Evensong.
Following his final visit, Minister for Faith Lord Bourne said: “In each of my visits I have met incredible people using their cathedrals as a force for good, whether that’s boosting the local economy or providing a space for the homeless to rebuild their lives. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to step inside their local cathedral, or perhaps even set off on a tour of their own. It won’t disappoint.”
After their meeting, the Most Revd Justin Welby said: “I greatly admire the commitment and passion Lord Bourne has shown in visiting all 42 English Anglican cathedrals. “Our cathedrals are not just a stunning architectural inheritance to be admired from afar. They are also living embodiments of our deepest and best values of hospitality, generosity and compassion.
“In 42 towns and cities around the country, cathedrals welcome everyone from pilgrims and tourists, to those marginalised through addiction or homelessness. Go to any cathedral and you’ll find worshippers standing alongside occasional visitors who come to pray at times of great joy or grief. Cathedral communities are also focused on supporting local people through the provision of food banks, and meeting points for older and young people. All of which is to say that cathedrals live out their calling to share the love of Jesus Christ with those around them.”
The tour began with a visit to Bradford Cathedral in October last year has continued around England highlighting the great successes of cathedrals in adapting to the modern world by providing spaces for people of all faiths, holding events for the whole community and fighting for social justice – whilst keeping the Christian faith at the heart of what they do.
First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund:
The Government set up the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund 2016-2018 to provide cathedrals across England with funds for essential repairs, from heating systems to stained glass windows.
- Rochester Cathedral has benefited from just over £823,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for roof repair projects covering the library and eastern roofs
- Canterbury Cathedral has benefited from £400,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for repairs to the north west transept and the library corridor roof.