Cathedral

What's OnThis beautiful building is home to a vibrant worshipping community with a rich worshipping tradition and a world famous Cathedral Choir. It hosts a wide range of diocesan events, music, art and drama.

Thousands of people visit our Cathedral each year to pray, worship, or simply to enjoy the stillness and the profound sense of history it inspires.

On this site once stood the convent church where Oxford's patron saint, St Frideswide, was buried in the eighth century. Around her shrine in the ninth and tenth centuries a group of priests lived a communal life, doing pastoral work, and in the twelfth century the monastery became the Augustinian priory of St Frideswide. By the thirteenth century it was a major place of pilgrimage.

When Cardinal Wolsey began the building of his college here, the western end of the building was removed to make space for Tom Quad, and the remainder was used as the temporary chapel for the new college. Wolsey's plan to replace it with a larger chapel on the North side of Tom Quad would have caused its demolition but when he fell from power the building of the new chapel stopped.

Today we are grateful that the building has survived, and that it is used to the glory of God.

Latest News

Christ Church Cathedral
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Announcement of new Diocesan Canon Precentor
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
United Benefice Choir, Goring, Streatley and South Stoke
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Visiting Choirs August 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral
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Christ Church Cathedral Music Outreach Project Concert
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral
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Cathedral staff changes
Thursday, June 22, 2017
ARC Student Guides
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ARC Student Guides 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017

Events

Jul
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 16:30
Christian Revolutions: Cathedral Summer Lectures
Aug
02
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 16:30
Christian Revolutions: Cathedral Summer Lectures