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 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
Canon Andrew Hindley
Canon Andrew Hindley, is the Canon Sacrist, whose chief responsibility is to plan all worship held in the Cathedral, and to work with the Director of Music and the choirs in co-ordinating the musical content of services and events.
Canon Hindley takes day to day responsibility for the care of the Cathedral fabric. In addition, he is a director of Blackburn Cathedral Developments, representing the Development Company and the Cathedral Chapter on the core group team focusing on delivering the new Cathedral Close development which opened in July 2016.
Appointed in 1996, he was previously the Rector of St. Wilfrid's, Ribchester and the Diocesan Advisor for Leisure and Tourism.
Canon Dr Ian Stockton
Canon Dr Ian Stockton, as Canon Chancellor has responsibility for the Cathedral as a place of learning, hospitality and care. His role covers the Cathedral’s educational programme for all ages, fostering theological reflection and growth in discipleship, developing pastoral care offered through the Cathedral community, supporting the ministry to visitors, including school groups, and engaging with the arts and other disciplines in interpretation and exhibitions.
Canon Stockton’s wide experience includes working as Lincoln Diocese’s Ministry Course Principal and as the first Team Rector of Monkwearmouth in Sunderland, where he took a major role in the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage Status bid.