Canon Theologian announced
27 November 2019
The Revd Canon Mark Oakley has accepted an invitation from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, to become Canon Theologian at Wakefield Cathedral. In this honorary role, which he will hold alongside his role as Dean of St John’s College Cambridge, Canon Oakley will support the Bishop and the Cathedral Chapter in their theological reflections and encourage integrity in their discernment and decision-making. Canon Oakley will also be invited to preach in the cathedral from time to time. Commenting on the appointment, the Bishop of Leeds said ’I am delighted that Mark has accepted this significant role in the life of the cathedral’; and the Very Revd Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield, added, ‘we look forward to welcoming Mark as our Canon Theologian and to exploring with him the ways in which we can make theology both exciting and relevant for the communities we serve’. Mark will be installed at a special service of Evensong in Wakefield Cathedral on 15 March 2020.Read More
Wakefield Cathedral- on foot!
15 November 2019
Wakefield Cathedral is joining other English cathedrals in a national initiative during 2020, which has been designated ‘The Year of Cathedrals’. The initiative will include a celebration of pilgrimage. A route will be published for every cathedral which aims to provide a new way of travelling and arriving, with the emphasis on journeying either by foot or by public transport.
Details of the Wakefield route can be found on the British Pilgrimage Trust website at https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/wakefield-cathedral-pilgrimage-in-a-day/ . Groups of pilgrims are encouraged to let us know in advance at Wakefield Cathedral about their plans.
A letter from Bishop Nick
30 August 2019
Our diocesan bishop, Nicholas Baines, is the lead bishop in the House of Lords on European issues. He is one of twenty-five Church of England bishops to have signed an open letter about the prospect of a 'no-deal' Brexit and the need for national reconciliation. The full text of the letter is here: https://www.churchofengland.org/…/bishops-issue-open-letter…
Eat Up Stand Up
15 August 2019
EAT UP STAND UP….alleviating food poverty and food waste at Wakefield CathedralRead More
Unique sound and vision
23 July 2019
A unique musical installation created by Beirut composer and sound artist, Tarek Atoui specifically for Wakefield Cathedral was heard for the first time on Saturday.Read More
Canon Tony - heading north
16 July 2019
Four decades of ministry in the Wakefield area will come to an end later this month when Canon Tony Macpherson, his wife Lynne and the family leave the city and the region and heads for the rugged coastline of Northumberland.Read More
Statement from the Dean
12 June 2019
I have now notified Sir William that I intend to keep the existing policy in place, but with a significant adjustment which I believe to be in line with the spirit of his conclusions.Read More
Sub Dean on the move
24 May 2019
Canon Tony to move north
"We have lived in the City of Wakefield for 24 years and worked at the Cathedral for 12 years and so it will be a big wrench to leave everyone. However I always wished to return to `parish ministry and this newly created post in north Northumberland is a very exciting opportunity to return to parish ministry and to make new friends. Wakefield will always have a big place in our hearts"
Wakefield Cathedral and Queen Victoria 200
22 May 2019
Little known links between Queen Victoria and the first Bishop of Wakefield unveiled days before her 200th birthday.Read More
4 March 2019
The special service in Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday saw hundreds of Iranians from across the country come to hear the Persian language version of Holy Communion for the very first time.
The Bishops of Loughborough, Bradford and Durham led the new service, which included the singing of hymn verses in English and Persian alternately, and prayers in both languages.Read More