Back in 1820, when Provost Thomas Doyle, came to Southwark and set about building the Cathedral, communications and ways of sharing information were very different from what we take for granted today. History tells us that he made extensive use of the print media that was available to him in the early 19th century, and I feel sure that he would have greatly approved of the internet as a means of telling people about St George’s Cathedral and the work that goes on here!
Today, St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, and indeed London itself are very different places... but thousands of people still come to this building to pray and worship, to enjoy a peaceful respite from the busy world outside, to listen to one of our concerts, or simply to visit and admire the building. Today St George’s, as the seat (in Latin Cathedra) of the Archbishop of Southwark, serves as the Mother Church for the 185 parishes all over South London and Kent that make up the Archdiocese. St George’s is also home to a large and vibrantly diverse congregation, reflecting the cosmopolitan community that we serve.
The Cathedral website allows us to be in touch both with you, and with far larger numbers of people than our predecessors could ever have imagined, with an immediacy and reach that is astonishing. Whether this is your first visit, or you regularly come to this site, I hope that we are able to provide the information that you are seeking. This site also enables us to welcome virtual visitors from all over the world, who are unable to visit us in person; if this describes you, then I hope we shall see you here one day.
Canon Richard Hearn