Mission & Outreach

Manchester Cathedral is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. 

Our mission and work goes beyond the Cathedral grounds and covers everything from challenging the climate crisis to multi faith work. 

The Cathedral also has strong links the Diocese of Manchester, the Diocese of Salford, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and with businesses and agencies across the region. 

Read more about some of our outreach and mission work below.  

Our Mission

Our work goes beyond Manchester Cathedral’s walls. Each year, our clergy and staff teams head out onto the streets to work with our wider congregation and parish. 

Some of our recent highlights include a Maundy Thursday Shoe Shine in Manchester Arndale in the spirit of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. 

We also head out on to Market Street each year to deliver ‘Ashes on the Go’ on Ash Wednesday for those unable to make it to church.  

 

More than a decade ago, colleagues from Greater Manchester faith communities formed the group Our Faith, Our Planet, a forum raising awareness on environmental issues and encouraging collaboration to tackle the climate crisis across the region’s different communities.
 
After lobbying, the group enabled contributions from faith leaders to the Greater Manchester Faith Summit, and they secured places for the faith sector to contribute to the Green City Partnership Board and the Manchester Climate Change Board. 
 
The group also hold an annual public conference and provide practical tips, information and workshops to allow those they work with the make a positive impact in terms of carbon reduction in their communities. 
 
In 2023, the Our Faith, Our Planet group and the region’s civic leaders attended a private audience with Pope Francis at The Vatican to discuss how Greater Manchester is tackling the climate crisis and make a formal commitment on the action they pledged to take in future.
 
During their meeting at The Vatican, the group pledged to:
  • Support the use of renewable technology and accelerate the decarbonisation of our places of worship.
  • Use our land to help heal nature and increase biodiversity.
  • Encourage our communities to engage in proactive transformational behavioural change.
 
The group, led by Bishop of Salford John Arnold and Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender, consisted of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, The Lord Mayor of Manchester Donna Ludford, Bishop of Manchester David Walker, Gorton MP Mohammed Afzal Kahn and Chair of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership Mike Wilton.
 
City Centre Methodist Minister Rev’d Ian Rutherford, Rabbi Robyn Ashworth Steen from the Manchester Reform Synagogue, environmental officers from both the Diocese of Manchester and Salford and members of the Sikh and Hindu communities also attended.

 

The Challenging Hate Forum is a multi-faith group that works to raise awareness of hate crime and bring about social justice. 

Led by Dean Rogers Govender, they host regular events at Manchester Cathedral and other venues with guest speakers covering everything from racism, modern slavery, mental health and poverty.

Each year they also mark Thomas Clarkson Day, the anniversary of when on 28 October 1787, Thomas Clarkson gave a speech to a packed audience in Manchester Cathedral to mobilise opposition to the transatlantic slave trade in the city for the first time.  

 

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

Manchester Cathedral is a Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre.

Third Party Reporting Centres allow victims to report hate crimes and incidents to specialist agencies, in confidence if required, enabling support and assistance to be provided. The centres work in conjunction with local partnerships teams to understand the needs of individuals and take appropriate action.

True Vision provides information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it.  On this website, you can find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are, find out about the ways you can report them, report using the online form and find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it. 

 

The Cathedral has many chapels available for worship, events and private prayer. The Regimental Chapel is the largest of these. 

It is the Chapel of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, formed after the amalgamation of several regiments including the Manchester Regiment and The King’s Regiment. 

The chapel also houses the books of remembrance containing the names of around 120,000 fallen members of these regiments killed in active service. 

On alternate Wednesdays at 12.45pm, the Turning of the Leaves ceremony takes place, organised by retired service men from the area – or The Dads as they are affectionately known in the Cathedral.

Participants parade through the Cathedral behind the Standards of the Manchester, King’s and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiments to the Regimental Chapel. Here they turn the pages of the Books of Remembrance to reveal new names ensuring every fallen service man is remembered. 

The Regimental Chapel also boasts the impressive Fire Window. 

This window at the eastern end of the chapel, installed in 1966, is a stained glass representation of flames and now commemorates two twentieth century bombs which badly damaged the Cathedral.

The first was a World War II landmine dropped by the Luftwaffe on 22 December 1940 which blasted a great hole in the wall and shattered the old glass. 

On 15 June 1996, the IRA wreaked havoc on the city centre with a bomb planted to the south of the Cathedral.  

 

A Julian meeting is usually a group of people of various denominations, both lay people and clergy, who meet regularly in a house, church, or chapel. Here at Manchester Cathedral, the Julian Prayer Group meets in the Quire.

Julian meets vary but are centred on contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and welcome people of all denominations.

The meetings consist of a short meditation and a brief prayer, which leads into around 30 minutes of silent contemplative prayer. This is followed by refreshments (bring sandwiches, drinks are provided) in the Bishop Wickham Library.

Visit our What's On page for Julian Prayer Group meeting dates or for further information contact the Cathedral on 0161 833 2220 or by emailing office@manchestercathedral.org 

 

Manchester Cathedral forms part of the city known as the Medieval Quarter, and along with Chetham’s School of Music and Chetham’s Library we make up the most complete medieval site to survive in the north of England. These buildings date back to 1421 before the Manchester we know and love was built around this area.

Read more about Manchester’s Medieval Quarter here: Medieval Quarter - Visit Manchester