Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is one of England's newest Cathedrals, yet it is one of the country's oldest places of Christian worship. For many centuries, this has been the Parish Church of Blackburn dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin.

It continues as a place of prayer and worship and is at the centre of the Diocese which takes in almost the whole of Lancashire.

We welcome all to the Cathedral whether it is for worship, private prayer, guided tours, to enjoy the splendour of the building, at an event or concert, to enjoy refreshments in the café, visiting the gift shop or simply to shelter from the rain and enjoy the peace that the Cathedral provides.

The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones - Dean of Blackburn

Cathedral Clergy

The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones

Dean of Blackburn Cathedral

The Right Revd Philip North

Residentiary Canon and Bishop of Burnley

The Revd Canon Dr Rowena Pailing

Vice Dean and Canon Missioner

Music Personnel

John Robinson

Director of Music

John Robinson took up the post of Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral in September 2019, where he leads one of the country’s most ambitious Cathedral Music programmes.

Shaun Turnbull

Assistant Director of Music

Shaun Turnbull took up the post of Assistant Director of Music in September 2012, where he accompanies many of the Cathedral’s choral services and assists in the running of the Music department.

Gill Fourie

Music Outreach Project Animateur

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