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Derby Cathedral holds services in RC church

17 April 2015


DERBY Anglican Cathedral is to hold services in a neighbouring Roman Catholic church, St Mary's, for the next five months, while it undergoes a government-funded refurbishment.

It is thought to be the first time that Anglican cathedral services have been held in an RC church.

The boys' and girls' choirs of the cathedral will travel the 400 yards to St Mary's three times a week for evensong services for the next few months. At weekends, the cathedral will be able to open for its usual services, albeit without electricity.

The first cathedral evensong was held in St Mary's on Monday night. The Assistant Curate at the cathedral, the Revd Andy Trenier, said: "It was a terrific service. . . One of the parents who regularly attends evensong came up afterwards and said it was his first time in a Roman Catholic church. And we had more people than usual, too.

"When we knew we needed to find a new home, we knew we could ask Fr Tim [O'Sullivan], at St Mary's. It seemed the most natural thing in the world. He has worked very hard to build ecumenical links in Derby, and he was delighted to help." Relocating the choirs, music, books, and robes, three times a week, was "quite a feat", but one they were embracing, Mr Trenier said.

The cathedral has been given £650,000 in government grants, and has raised more than £120,000 itself towards the refurbishment, which includes work on the heating, wiring, and roof.

The Dean, the Very Revd Dr John Davies, said: "The very generous £650,000 grants from the World War One fund, together with several legacies and money raised locally, is allowing us to remake this cathedral for this and the next generation; new wiring, lighting, and heating provision, together with a complete redecoration of the interior, will update and refresh this glorious place for years to come.

"This jewel at the heart of the city of Derby will shine again by the late summer.

"We are also hugely grateful to our ecumenical neighbours, whose generosity is allowing some sung services midweek to be held at St Mary's RC church, Derby. With a flourishing cathedral centre across the road, the cathedral will be remade for public ministry to begin all over again, very soon."



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