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.
For Mary Oliver, the world is an altar. It is a place where kindness, joy, brutality, sacrifice, pain, death, the beauty of nature and
the frailty of the human condition all gather. In her world, we find meaning, wonder and the sacred in the elemental.
One of America’s best loved poets, in her long and prolific career she wrote over 20 volumes of poetry, which Pádraig Ó Tuama describes as
‘overwhelming in their brilliance’. Hers is not poetry that ignores the world, but that observes it closely, with all its dangers and delights.
In this afternoon he will reflect on Mary Oliver’s poetry and spirituality, and in particular her poems of wonder and sorrow.
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian whose work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. From 2014-2019 he was the
leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. His books include In the Shelter: Finding a Home
in the World and Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community.
Please note that in this study afternoon we will refer to Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume One, published by Beacon
Press in 2004, ISBN 9780807068779. If you own a copy, are able to buy a copy or are able to reserve a copy to borrow from the library for the
workshop, please bring it with you.