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, 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 Executive

The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones

Dean of Blackburn

Mr Ian White

Chief Operating Officer

The Revd Canon James Lawrence

Canon Missioner

Canon Gary O'Neill

Interim Canon Precentor

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.

John Hosking

Organist in Residence

John Hosking took up the new post of Organist in Residence at Blackburn Cathedral in September 2022, where he is responsible for highlighting the Cathedral's iconic Walker/Wood Pipe Organ and also acts as a musical ambassador for Blackburn Cathedral.


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