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The Dean’s Weekly Message – 5th February 2023 Posted on Saturday 4 February 2023

Current Vacancy

Maintenance Assistant
An opportunity is available for an experienced maintenance worker to assist with the day-to-day maintenance, repairs and general upkeep of the interior and exterior of the Metropolitan Cathedral. This will include maintenance of the surrounding grounds and aiding others to ensure the smooth running of all events in the Cathedral and Crypt.

This is a permanent post, working full time, Monday to Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm.

Candidates must have empathy with the ethos and mission of the Roman Catholic Church and a commitment to the work undertaken by all at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Applicants must have; experience of working in a similar role or trade background, excellent verbal and written skills, experience of managing and implementing maintenance programmes, the ability to identify problems and correct defects, and the ability to work at heights.  Experience of working on buildings which are places of worship, or listed buildings would be advantageous.

Closing date: Monday 13 February 2023.

To apply, visit or telephone 0151 522 1102 for an application pack.


The Jesuits recently announced that they were no longer able to provide a priest or brother to serve at the parish of Saint Francis Xavier and Fr Dennis Blackledge and Brother Ken Vance will be leaving after Easter. It is the end of a long association of the Jesuit Order in Liverpool. The parish celebrated  their 175th anniversary last year. Fr Chris McCoy has this week been appointed to be the new parish priest at SFX with continuing pastoral responsibilities in the Hospital Chaplaincy for the Royal, Broad Green and Clatterbridge Hospitals. Fr Chris will be leaving the Cathedral and taking up his pastoral responsibilities after Easter.

The Chapter of Canons meet on Wednesday for their bi-monthly Mass and meeting. They will recite midday prayer at midday before the start of Mass that day. There are two special days of prayer this week. On Tuesday, the memorial of St Josephine Bakhita is a special of prayer for victims of human trafficking. Then Saturday, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is a special day of prayer for the sick. Also in association with the Lourdes feast there is a Diocesan appeal for more adults to help as brancardiers during the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. There will be information about this in the newsletter next week and Dr Damian Wilde who is a parishioner of the Cathedral will also be available after the Solemn Mass to speak to anyone who would like more information.

 Canon Anthony O’Brien
Cathedral Dean