Hereford Cathedral Local and International Links
Hereford Cathedral is Mother church to the diocese of Hereford – an area covering the counties of Herefordshire and South Shropshire, with parts of Powys and Worcestershire. The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop and seeks, as a priority, to support the bishop, in his teaching and pastoral ministry. We consider our links with the parishes of our diocese to be of highest importance and hope that those who visit the Cathedral web-site will wish to find out more about our diocese through the link above.
The Cathedral participates fully in the wider diocesan links with the Lutherans in Nuremberg and with four Anglican Dioceses in Tanzania.
The Cathedral is frequently visited by our friends from Nuremberg. We have hosted both pastors and school groups. The Cathedral Voluntary Choir has visited Nuremberg three times to sing services and concerts in a number of churches there. Several members of the Cathedral congregation are strongly committed to furthering these links.
The Cathedral welcomes the Bishops of the Dioceses of Dar es Salaam, Masasi, Newala and Tanga whenever they are in the UK. They have preached in the Cathedral and spoken to smaller group meetings. We have also provided experience of the English Church to some priests from Tanzania who have spent longer periods of time with us. The Cathedral Office gave office experience and training to the secretary of the Bishop of Masasi. Please use the links above and below for more information.
Each year in Lent we have a special collection to provide funds for training a priest at St Mark’s Centre Dar es Salaam. We currently support Donald Nawa in this way.
Overseas Prayer Programme 2013
A leaflet with details of the programme can be collected from the Overseas Board in the retro choir. Or it can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Cathedral also supports individuals who have links with the diocese, in particular:
When a teenager Jonathan was a server in the Cathedral. He subsequently trained as a church youth worker and, after gaining experience in the Chester diocese, he moved to the diocese of South Carolina, USA. He met and married Melissa and they now have two children. Having completed several years of youth work, Jonathan has trained for ordination at Trinity College, Pittsburg. He was ordained in 2013 and is currently Assistant Rector at the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, Charleston SC.
Phil and Brigit Bourne
Phil and Brigid (who is from Burghill, just outside Hereford) are based in Gloucester and work with Middle East Christian Outreach (MECO International) supporting the churches in the many and varied Middle Eastern countries.
Rev Ed and Marie Brice
Ed and Marie work in Tartagal, Argentina supporting the churches with training programmes and reading books for children. They are with the Church Mission Society (CMS).
The Cathedral has an organised programme of prayer for our international links. Special prayers are included regularly at the Sunday 10:00 and Friday 8:00 Eucharists and a small group meets quarterly to share news and pray for our partners. The overseas board in the retro choir holds displays of recent international links and is a distribution point for a variety of magazines and prayer letters from the various mission agencies we support.
Hereford Cathedral School
Since the 7th Century the cathedral has also had strong links with Hereford Cathedral School where it continues to meet daily, as a whole community, to reflet on its own good fortune as well as the needs of other people. Caring for others reflects one of the school’s core values and is proud of its association with the Cathedral. Hereford Cathedral School is a thriving independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, providing an education that is motivating and inspiring. Our balance of traditional values and a dynamic approach, gives children the foundations they need for an exciting future.