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The Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop’s mission and ministry and exists to serve the parishes and people of the diocese.

Here are seven ways to get involved:

Pilgrimage - the Cathedral has offered a place of pilgrimage for a thousand years.  Welcoming groups for Sunday and weekday pilgrimages, and offering a twice monthly slot for a parish or group which includes a guided tour, a Eucharist or participation in one of our regular services, space to meet and reflect and hospitality in our ‘Pilgrims' Kitchen’.

Retreat - offes a warm welcome to individuals who may want to spend a day on retreat. With a small private space within the cathedral with a member of clergy to meet with.vA daily round of worship which gives a framework and meals can be arranged.

Resourcing: music and liturgy - Precentor, Canon Philip Banks, and the Music and Liturgy department can help you think about reviewing your regular pattern of worship or can advise and suggest resources for particular services. The InHarmony project, run by Richard Hubbard, runs workshops and special events designed to help develop and enhance music in parishes and are available for advice and reflection.

Resourcing: Children and young people’s work - the Discovery Centre exists to welcome parishes and schools to the cathedral. The Administrator Kim Judge will be delighted to help organise a visit to the cathedral for a parish, school or organisation.

Resourcing: Pastoral care best practice - Sub Dean, Canon Matthew Vernon, co-ordinates pastoral care at the cathedral and is happy to advise on pastoral situations which may feel challenging.

Cover - The Dean and the Canon Precentor are available once a month to visit parishes to provide Sunday cover. Please contact the Cathedral if you would like to arrange cover but please book in advance.   

A listening ear - Dean Joe makes time for clergy who would like a confidential listening ear distinct from any structures of management and discipline. 

For further information please visit the Cathedral website: or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

2020 Celebrations - Save the Date

Next year is a very significant year for our Diocese as we celebrate a major anniversary in the Christian history of our county and region.   2020 is the 1000th Anniversary of King Cnut founding, in 1020, the Benedictine Abbey of St Edmund. The shrine of St Edmund attracted countless pilgrims to Bury St Edmunds.  At its height the Abbey influenced the whole nation and became one of the most significant religious houses in Europe.  Our Cathedral stands in the grounds of the Abbey with part of the Nave surviving from that time.
The celebrations will be held throughout the year with a wide range of events. A full list of diary dates is available here.

The Cathedral Office
Abbey House, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS
01284 748722 | Email

The Chapter directs and oversees the administration of the affairs of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. It is the ‘governing body' of the Cathedral and consists of eleven people, both clergy and laity, chaired by the Dean. It orders the worship and mission of the Cathedral, formulates policy, manages property, oversees finance, and generally ensures that the Cathedral's Constitution and Statutes are maintained and reviewed.