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Cathedrals kept me happily in the saddle

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17 June 2009

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From the Revd Philip North

Sir, — There is nothing quite as dull as having to review one’s long-held prejudices. When, as part of a cycle ride to raise money for the restora­tion of St Michael’s, Camden Town (www.cathedralcyclechallenge.org) I wrote to 29 cathedral deans, I was expecting three or four replies. After all, cathedrals are stuffy, dull, and uninterested in parish ministry — aren’t they?

Within 48 hours, almost every cathedral had replied, most responding positively not just to my request for a photo with a member of Chapter, but offering far more (lunch, accommodation, barbecues, etc.) than I had dared to ask.

This wonderful level of hospitality and support says a great deal about the imagination with which our cathedrals are run today. Maybe it’s now us parishes who are having to play catch-up?

PHILIP NORTH
The Rectory, 191 St Pancras Way
London NW1 9NH

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