The Parish & Community
A warm welcome to Westminster Cathedral, the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales.
For over a hundred years countless Christians and visitors of every faith and none have crossed the threshold of this holy place, sensing the presence of God and filling it with prayer and contemplation.
Our cathedral is a vibrant parish Church where the community is always being built and extended; a living house of prayer where Holy Mass is offered over forty times every week and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for six hours each day.
This great edifice was opened in 1903 and in 2010 celebrated the centenary of its consecration. Designed by John Francis Bentley, the leading Church architect of his day it is inspired by the early Byzantine architecture of the Mediterranean.
Since 1930 the Cathedral has been home to a shrine of the English saint and martyr St John Southworth. This Lancashire priest lived and ministered to the poor in the streets of Westminster. He died for his faith in 1654. The presence of his earthly remains in the Cathedral reminds the visitor that our ultimate destiny is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Westminster Cathedral is the home of a much-loved, world-famous choir, which sings solemn Mass every day. People from all over the world come here to listen to great music from its remarkable and extensive repertoire.
We hope that this website will introduce you to some of the many glories of this extraordinary church.
May God bless you,
Canon Christopher Tuckwell