St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a place
of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the Cathedral's Adult
Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of our
supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
A welcome from the Dean
The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, welcomes you to the Cathedral.
The choirs of St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral joined together to celebrate St Cecilia, patron saint of
music, on 21st November at St Paul’s. Organised by Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports professional musicians, the Festival
of St Cecilia featured...
On Sunday 14 October, National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 was marked at St Paul’s with An Act of Hope and Remembrance to remember
those whose lives have been taken away or abused by hate crimes and to renew their commitment to be vigilant and strong in defending
On Sunday 7 October the Cathedral marked the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Hubert Parry who is buried in the
crypt. At Evensong, hymns composed by Parry were sung, including Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and his famous Jerusalem,
with words by William Blake...
Sheila Nicoll OBE, Head of Public Policy at Schroders, has been appointed as a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul’s, the
Cathedral’s governing body. The appointment was approved by the Bishop of London, and Sheila will be installed at Evensong in the
A new commission celebrating the life and witness of St Martin of Tours has come to St Paul’s Cathedral. The new painting by artist
Hughie O’Donoghue has been installed in the chapel of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor in the crypt of St Paul’s, which is
The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George celebrated its 200th anniversary in a service of commemoration and dedication
attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, the Grand Master of the Order. The service on Thursday 28 June 2018 was attended
‘The will to pray is the essence of prayer’ wrote Thomas Merton, and ‘the secret of prayer is a hunger for God’. Stephen Cottrell
describes himself as ‘an experienced beginner’ at prayer who has never got much beyond this, but says his long apprenticeship has
taught him that the beginning and end of prayer is the longing to know God and to be known by God. But for many people profound
questions remain. Is God really listening? Does what we pray affect what God does? Also, why is it that everyone
struggles with prayer; shouldn’t it be easy? Stephen Cottrell will reflect on what prayer is and how we might begin, or begin again, to
pray more authentically. The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford. He has written widely on evangelism,
spirituality and discipleship, and is the author of numerous books including How to Pray: Alone, with Others, at Any Time, in Any Place
(Church House Publishing, 3rd edition 2010).
The Gate of Heaven: God at the Crossing Place - Tricia Hillas (2018)
4th November 2018
We all have crossing places in our lives - moments on which our life turns. A new baby, leaving home, a bereavement, a new job or
country, a medical diagnosis. These ‘liminal’ times – thresholds between one life and another – are often times of uncertainty, waiting
and not knowing, but are also precious because they can open us up to a new closeness to God. Richard Rohr has called them ‘a
unique spiritual place where human beings hate to be but where the Biblical God is always leading us’. Tricia Hillas says crossing
places are where we have to relinquish control and because of that they can be places of profound liberation. In this talk she will
explore the challenges, lessons and joys that can come from meeting God at the crossing place. Canon Tricia Hillas is the Canon Pastor
at St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing pastoral care, outreach and interfaith relationships. Prior to ordination she was a social worker,
specialising in working with people with HIV/Aids, and has recently completed an MSc in conflict resolution and mediation.
My Soul Glorifies the Lord: Jesus' Female Disciples
30th October 2018
The traditional story of the birth of Christianity is dominated by men. It is often thought that Jesus only chose men to be his
disciples and apostles, but evidence suggests that this is really only half the story. Were female disciples in fact crucial to the
Jesus movement? Profoundly scandalous at the time, the idea remains highly controversial 2,000 years later. Two distinguished
early church historians will present research that shows as many as half of Jesus’ disciples were women. They say the evidence
shows that women were integral to his mission and only if we see men and women working together do we see the whole story, revealing
the early church as far more radical than we thought. And they will also explore what this means for us today. Can it teach us
new things not only about women and men’s ministries and roles, but also about the radical, transformative way of Jesus? Professor
Helen Bond is Professor in Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. Her books include Jesus: A Very Brief History and
The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. She was historical consultant for the History Channel's miniseries The
Bible and for BBC 1's The Nativity. Professor Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins at King’s College, London. She is the
author of What Did Jesus Look Like? and has edited The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts and Jesus and Brian: Exploring the
Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian. She was historical consultant for the 2018 film Mary Magdalene. Their
documentary Jesus' Female Disciples (Minerva Productions) screened on Channel 4 in April this year. The evening will be chaired by
Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for questions and answers.
Jesus and the Promise of Peace
7th October 2018
After the Resurrection, Jesus says to the disciples Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. We tend to think of peace as the
end or absence of war but Nadim Nassar says that Jesus is talking about something far more radical than that: a whole culture of
peace. It is about how we bring up our children, how we flourish in our homes, workplaces and churches, and ultimately about a
call to a self-giving culture of love in which we see the reflection of God’s image in the other. Father Nadim Nassar, the Church of
England’s only Syrian priest, was born and raised in a Christian family in Syria and studied in Beirut during the Lebanese civil
war. He is now the Director of The Awareness Foundation, seeking to counter intolerance and mistrust and to build understanding
between faiths. His first book, The Culture of God, is published this autumn by Hodder.
Buying God: Consumerism and Theology - Eve Poole
2nd September 2018
Many people are deeply concerned about global capitalism and rampant consumerism, but many of us also lack the tools to be able to
engage confidently in the debate about its future. Eve Poole is a theologian who has worked in the financial services industry, and she
argues that the Church has crucial things to say about the economy and a vital role to play in redeeming the marketplace both at home
An interview with the artist Hughie O'Donoghue (2018)
19th July 2018
The Revd Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, interviews the artist Hughie O'Donoghue about his new painting of St
Martin of Tours, installed in the chapel of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral in July 2018.
Interview recorded 10 July 2018.