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 Call to be Changed: Florence Nightingale and the Meaning of Vocation
Florence Nightingale is famous for establishing the modern nursing profession. But Bishop Sarah Mullally says there is much more to her
than that, and that it is time to appreciate her as a significant theologian, pioneering statistician, and a profound and questioning disciple
She also says that in her story we can find a lens to consider our own vocations. As Rowan Williams has written of Florence Nightingale’s
challenging and transformative life: ‘a calling of any kind is a calling to be changed – it is not a calling to do a job, but to grow into
a particular kind of humanity’.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of her birth, Bishop Sarah will explore Florence Nightingale’s two-fold sense of vocation: to nursing and
to her Christian faith. She will also explore how these two aspects have formed part of her own vocation and journey of faith, as both
nurse and priest. In turn, she will invite us to ask ourselves: how should I discern and respond to God’s calling in my own life?
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally is the Bishop of London. Bishop Sarah trained as a nurse at The Nightingale School of Nursing with
the South Bank Polytechnic. She became the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, and was made a Dame in 2005 in
recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery. She left her post as Chief Nursing Officer in 2004 to pursue ordained ministry
full-time and was installed as the Bishop of London in St Paul’s Cathedral on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 2018.
The evening will be chaired by Dr Paula Gooder, Biblical Scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for
questions and answers.
BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please
email us if you require seats in the area reserved for this.