Back in July when I wrote in the Cathedral Record about my 25 years of full time employment at the Cathedral I mentioned that the turnover of staff was relatively low, and we managed to retain our staff. Recruitment was not something that we really need to concern ourselves with. Once employed here at the Met the team tend to stay! I would like to think it is because it is such a great place to work. No two days are ever the same whatever role you have, and to have the opportunities to meet, get involved and work on the most exciting of projects is amazing. However, within the space of a week or so, two of our highly regarded and much respected members of staff have tendered their resignation. Kevin, who has been on the Maintenance team for just over 10 years, has decided that it’s time for some new challenges and goals and will be leaving at the end of the month, and Sarah who has been the Music Department Administrator for 5 years has been offered a full time position closer to home and will finish at the end of the half term next week. Both of them have been an integral part of the Cathedral machine and I know that making the decision to leave has not been easy for either of them. They go with our best wishes and the knowledge that they will both always be a part of Cathedral history. We will keep in touch with them and wish them both the very best of luck as they have new adventures in different places. Both of these very different positions will be advertised in the very near future so please keep your eye out for details, and if you would like to register your interest in either of them then please do let me know.
We start the week by welcoming, as we do every year, the staff, students and parents from St Edward’s College for their annual Mass. In addition to the Choirs that come together at the Mass we are also pleased to welcome the Stoneyhurst Chapel Choir who have been collaborating with our own Cathedral choristers and who will all sung together at the Mass at 11.00am. As the College have taken ‘Mary’ as their theme for 2018 Monsignor John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will give the homily. Although this occasion is always a full Cathedral there is always room for people who would like to come along.
The week rolls along with an event taking place in the Crypt each day, ranging from a wine society event to an infection and global heath seminar organised by Liverpool University to two days of Careers Fairs. As the Careers Fairs always attract a great number of students we will need to transfer the 12.15pm Mass which usually takes place in the Crypt Chapel to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday and Thursday next week so please make a note of this if you are a regular at the 12.15pm Mass.
Now that the blisters have healed and the swelling of feet and legs has subsided and after the success of the Camino we are turning our thoughts to walking the 62 miles of St Cuthbert’s Way next May. This will be a much smaller venture and only a limited number of people can do it at one time due to the small number of places to stay along the route. It is envisaged that the walk will be done over 5 days and 6 nights and would mean that there are a couple of days when you would need to walk approx. 18 miles! If you would like to register your interest please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a good week!
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Canon O’Brien is away