In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are following UK Government guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
The Cathedral will now be closed until further notice in an attempt to keep our staff, volunteers and members of the community safe as the situation continues to develop.
Our staff are working remotely, and you can contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01248 354999.
We hope you stay safe and keep the people who are sick or self-isolating over the coming weeks in your thoughts and prayers. Please join us in praying these words.
A prayer in lockdown
The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)
Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.
Muslims stand outside the Cathedral in solidarity with Christians one week after Sri Lanka terrorist attack on churches.
Welsh Service with Mr. Ian Keith Jones
On Sunday, March 24th, the guest speaker in the Welsh service was Mr. Ian Keith Jones, headteacher of Ysgol San Sior, Llandudno, a school renowned for nurturing and implementing environmental policies. We were amazed and inspired to see some of the tropical animals kept by the school; how the children learn about their habitats and how they care for them. This work seeps through all the different elements of the National Curriculum. Members of the congregation received gifts of produce from the school – eggs, chutney, honey and postcards.
Here are some pictures of the Chinese New Year performance in the Cathedral recently!
Above are the young people from Bangor who read out the biographies and names of over 200 of the war dead from Bangor on Armistice Sunday afternoon at the cathedral.
They are from left to right – Craig Lightfoot and Leon Shaw both of MPCT ; Ioan Bryn, Guto Davies and Carwyn Sion from Ysgol Tryfan; Katie Tew and Paige Dixon from Bangor university; Lucy Joyce and Ben Hamilton from Ysgol Friars and Liam Stone from Coleg Menai.
The readings were poignant and had a profound effect on all present.
Poppies for the houses of Bangor’s Great War Heroes
The people of Bangor are invited to collect a poppy from the Cathedral on All Saints Day, November 1st if they now live in the house once the home of one of Bangor’s First World War heroes. The poppy can be collected between the hours of 10.30am and 3.30pm or arrange collection by phoning 01248 354999.
They can check the addresses on the Bangor Civic Society website by following the link ‘Tools and Features >> Historical Sources >> Books, where the pages of the war dead are featured in the book Cofeb Y Dewrion (Parch WJ Owen).
The poppy can then be returned in a special Service to remember the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, November 11th at 3.15pm. At the Service ten biographies of the Bangor dead along with the names of all the fallen will be read out by the young people of Bangor today.
Heroes’ Memorial 1914 – 1918
‘One generation speaketh to another’
The Cathedral Poppies are now on display
A colourful display of over 20,000 knitted poppies was unveiled over the weekend, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.
The poppies, which have been sent to the Cathedral from as far away as Australia, have also been put on display to help remember the men and women from Wales who died in the first World War.
The project in search of the poppies launched in May and within a couple of weeks members of the Cathedral were inundated with offerings from around the world.
“The response in the local community has been amazing,” said Dean of Bangor, Very Rev. Kathy Jones.
“We have had poppies sent in from all over the world – including France and Australia.”
If you would like to come and see the display please check the Cathedral opening times above.
New vicar for Bro Deiniol
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Canon Tracy Jones as the new Associate Vicar in the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area.
Canon Tracy will be leaving her present role in the Bro Padrig Ministry Area in the north-west corner of Anglesey and coming to minister as part of the team in the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area, which serves Penrhosgarnedd, Maesgeirchen and the city of Bangor.
Originally from Leamington Spa, Canon Tracy trained as a nurse. In 1992 she married Martin and they moved back to his family home near Amlwch.
Tracy worked as a neo-natal nurse in St. David’s Hospital (Bangor) and Ysbyty Gwynedd, before having their two children, Ffion and Aaron. Whilst at home caring for her children, Tracy volunteered for Home Start and Gwynedd Hospice at Home and became more involved in church life in Amlwch. It was during this time that Tracy began to explore God’s call to ordained ministry.
She was ordained deacon in 2012 and a priest in 2013. She served as a curate in Seintiau Braint a Chefni, the Ministry Area that formerly went from Llanfairpwll to Aberffraw, before becoming the Ministry Area Leader of Bro Padrig in 2014.
In rare moments of spare time, Tracy enjoys crafting of all types, as a way to relax and be creative.
Looking forward to her new role in Bro Deiniol, Canon Tracy said,
‘When I was training for ministry I did a placement in Bangor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was thrilled when this opportunity arose for me to come and minister alongside Dean Kathy and the rest of the ministry team. I’m looking forward to reaching out to people and showing that Jesus’ Gospel message of love and care for all is as relevant today as it was over 2000 years ago. I want to play my small part in enabling people in Bro Deiniol to combine their talents, and become a community that can effectively live out that Gospel message.’
The Very Reverend Kathy Jones – Dean of Bangor and Ministry Area Leader in Bro Deiniol – said,
‘I am really looking forward to welcoming Canon Tracy to the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area. Her many gifts will be invaluable as we seek to grow church communities in Bro Deiniol. I am looking forward to ministering alongside her to her.’
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said,
‘Tracy is a dedicated priest who worked tirelessly in her ministry in Bro Padrig, for which I am most grateful. I am delighted that she will now be bringing her ministry to Bro Deiniol. She will bring strong pastoral gifts to the team in Bro Deiniol and will be a valuable support to Dean Kathy and the rest of the team there.
Please do pray for Canon Tracy, her family and the people Bro Deiniol and Bro Padrig’
A special service to celebrate Canon Tracy’s new ministry in Bro Deiniol will be held at 7pm on Monday 8 October at St. Peter’s Church, Penrhosgarnedd. All are welcome to attend.
A belated St David’s Day Concert fills the Cathedral!
On Saturday 21 April the Cathedral hosted its delayed (bad weather at the beginning of March!) St. David’s Day Concert. Listen and watch part of the finale with John Eifion, Dylan Cernyw, Pedwarawd Cennin, Côr Seiriol and Côr y Brythoniaid below and read more here. Thank you to all who took part and made the concert possible!
On Saturday 24th February, Bangor Cathedral hosted Bangor University’s Confucius Institute and several hundred guests to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Bringing St. Deiniol to the world!
This Sunday (10 September) Radio 4’s Sunday Worship will be coming live from Bangor Cathedral, beginning at 8.10am.
Next Monday (11 September) is the annual feast day of St. Deiniol, the patron Saint of Bangor Cathedral, as well as the Diocese of Bangor.
Vigil for Peace in Bangor Cathedral – ’Just what was needed’
200 people last night (Wednesday 29 March) responded to the invitation from the the Imam of Bangor Islamic Centre and the Dean of Bangor – Mirazam Khan and the Very Reverend Kathy Jones – come together in reflection and to pray for peace a week on from the terrorist attack in London (Wednesday 22 March).Read more : https://esban.net/2oBN2Jx
Cathedral Plygain Service
Please click here for some more pictures from the service on Friday (20.1.17).
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
This annual week of prayer begins on Wednesday 18th January 2017. As part of a national event Cytûn Bangor has organised as series of meetings throughout the week at different places of worship around the city.
The list of services can be seen by clicking here. Please do come along.
Please see the following for more general information
Cathedral Partnership launches new scheme help the Homeless around Bangor
Bangor Cathedral and the North Wales Housing, working together as the Cathedral Partnership, have launched a new initiative to try and give homeless people a hand, possibly helping them into more permanent accommodation.