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.
R.S. Thomas is one of the finest poets of the 20th Century. His subject matter is the search for God, and his insights into the
life of faith – from rebellion to reverence – are razor-sharp. Seamus Heaney described him as ‘a loner taking on the universe, a kind of Clint
Eastwood of the spirit’.
Saturday 14 April 2018
2 - 4.30pm
£15 (bursaries are available)
Mark Oakley says his poetry has woven through his life and faith for over 30 years. He describes him as ‘a poet of counterpoint: of God’s
absence and his presence, his silence and his resonance, his shadow and his brightness’ and says that his poetry makes ‘a place where meaning
is forged in mystery’. In this study afternoon he will introduce Thomas’ work and what it might teach us about the breadth and depth of God and
our own search for him.
Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing its learning and visual art programmes. His latest book, The Splash of
Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press), was published in 2016 to great acclaim.