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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. Dean Joe Hawes and his team want to build close links with our parishes and sector ministries and here are seven ways which we hope will help:

  1. Pilgrimage

As a place of pilgrimage for a thousand years, the Cathedral welcomes groups for Sunday and weekday pilgrimages, We offer 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’.

  1. Retreat

We welcome individuals who may want to spend a day on retreat with us. We have a small private space within the cathedral which is available and a member of clergy to meet with. Our daily round of worship gives a framework and meals can be arranged.

  1. Resourcing: music and liturgy

Our Precentor, Canon Philip Banks and our Music and Liturgy department can help you think about reviewing your regular pattern of worship or can advise and suggest resources for particular services. Our 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.

  1. Resourcing: Children and young people’s work

Our 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.

  1. Resourcing: Pastoral care best practice

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

  1. Cover

The Dean and 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 be advised, they get booked up quite a long way in advance.    

  1. A listening ear

As senior priest in the Diocese, The Dean prioritises making time for clergy who would like a confidential listening ear distinct from any structures of management and discipline. Please contact him directly on   

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

The Cathedral Office

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

  • The Chapter-+

    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.