Belfast Cathedral: The Cathedral Church of Saint Anne
St Anne’s Cathedral was built on the site of St Anne’s Church, which was Belfast’s first Church of Ireland Parish. The building of cathedral began in 1899 when the foundation stone of the Nave was begun. The west front was not finished until 1927 and the rest of the building has been completed in stages with the final section comprising of the North Transept consecrated in 1981. Although the Cathedral is located across the Lagan in the Diocese of Connor, the building is shared by both Down and Dromore and Connor.
There is a regular cycle of worship – four services are held every day – details are below. Services of Divine Healing, organised by both the Church’s Ministry of Healing and Divine Healing Ministries, are held most weeks on a Monday evening at 8.00pm and on a Friday at 1.00pm.
Whilst being a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, whose daily worship is Anglican, it has sought to be a place where Christians of all traditions may worship together. A living partnership is maintained with St Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in the city and ecumenical canons occupy stalls representing the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches also.
The Cathedral is open to visitors from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm every day. There is a charge for admission but if people wish simply to pray in one of the designated areas admission is free.
The Cathedral Gift Shop has a wide range of gifts for visitors from home and abroad, including the popular Church of Ireland lapel pins. Please note that it is closed during services.
The Daily Services (Sung services only during term time)
Monday – Saturday: 8.10 am Morning Prayer; 8.30 am The Eucharist; 1.00 pm Midday Prayers (Eucharist on Wednesday and Saints’ Days). The services at 5:30 pm are: Monday: Sung Compline; Tuesday: Said Evening Prayer; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Choral Evensong; Saturday: Said Evening Prayer.
The Sunday schedule is as follows: The Eucharist is celebrated at 8.00 am and 10.00 am in either the Chapel of Unity or the Chapel of the Holy Spirit; Choral Eucharist at 11.00 am is the main service of the day at which the choir is present. Evensong (sometimes said, sometimes choral) or a service for an occasion in the life of the City, community or church group, or charity is at 3.30 pm.
Free parking is available in the Cathedral precincts for those attending Sunday worship. On weekdays, public parking is available very close to the Cathedral.
The Cathedral Office is open from 9.00 am until 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Please telephone 02890 328332 and press 5 for Lyn who will help you with your enquiry.
Visit the Cathedral website for further details: www.belfastcathedral.org.
Dean and Chapter
Dean: The Very Revd John Mann (email@example.com)
Chancellor: The Ven David McClay (Archdeacon of Down & Rector of Willowfield)
Precentor: The Ven George Davison (Archdeacon of Belfast & Rector of Carrickfergus)
Treasurer & Chapter Clerk: Vacant
Canons of Connor
The Revd Canon Nigel Baylor (Rector of Jordanstown)
The Revd Canon William A Murphy
The Revd Canon N R Cutcliffe (Rector of Mossley)
The Revd Canon Ken A McReynolds (Rector of Lambeg)
Canons of Down and Dromore
The Revd Canon Norman Jardine (Rector of Ballynafeigh)
The Revd Canon David Humphries (Rector of Stormont)
The Revd Canon Ronnie Nesbitt (Rector of Bangor Abbey)
The Revd Canon Stephen Lowry (Rector of Killaney & Carryduff)
Revd Canon Brother David Jardine (Divine Healing Ministry)
Revd Michael Parker (Rector of Carnalea)
The Revd Canon Stephen A Fielding (2002)
Revd Adrian Dorrian (2014)
Revd Nigel Kirkpatrick (2014)
Revd Julie Bell (2015)
Revd Simon Richardson (2015)
Revd Roderick Smyth (2015)
Revd Dr Canon Ruth Patterson (Presbyterian)
Revd Ruth E Patterson (Methodist)
Master of Choristers: Mr David Stevens
Organist: Mr Ian Barber
Bursar: Ms Marie Devlin
National Cathedral – The Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin
Canon Representing the United Dioceses of Down in Dromore in the National Cathedral
The Revd Canon Simon Doogan (Rector of Ballyholme)