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Sub Dean Retires

Members of the Cathedral congregation gathered after Evensong on Sunday the 28th of September to say goodbye to Nicholas and Edith Coulton, on Nicholas' retirement from the position of Sub-Dean. The Dean, the Very Revd Christopher Lewis, thanked Canon Coulton for his contributions to the life and ministry of the Cathedral and presented gifts on behalf of the congregation and Cathedral Friends. We wish them well in the next period of their lives.





Georgian Archibishop Speaks

On September the 23rd, Christ Church hosted an informal talk by Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. The Archbishop spoke about the history of Georgia, the present situation and also about the growth of its Evangelical Baptist church. Archbishop Malkhaz was on research leave when the recent conflict with Russia escalated. He recently returned to Georgia and the day after his talk at Christ Church he left for further meetings with church leaders. In Oxford, Humanitarian aid for Georgia has been coordinated by the church of St Michael’s at the North Gate.




Welcome to Choristers

During Choral Evensong at Christ Church on Sunday the 14th of September, the the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Christopher Lewis, admitted five boys as choristers to the world famous Cathedral Choir. They were presented by Dr Stephen Darlington, the Cathedral Organist and Director of Music. They will also be joined in a few weeks by new 'Academical Clerks,' who are undergraduates who sing alongside the Lay Clerks of the Choir.

Bishop Bell Lectures

In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Bishop George Bell, Christ Church Cathedral offers two lectures which explore both the man and his legacy.  His contribution to the church was of great significance as a leader in the international ecumenical movement, as a courageous voice for peace and reconciliation in war and as a Bishop leading a Diocese through twenty years of the turbulent twentieth century.

Eternal Light: A Requiem

A new Requiem by Howard Goodall, commissioned by London Musici (orchestra) for performance with the Rambert Dance Company, has its première at Sadler's Wells Theatre in November, as part of a 6 month UK tour with Rambert.  Howard Goodall read Music at Christ Church in the 1970s and is well known as a composer, TV and radio broadcaster and the newly-appointed Government Ambassador for Singing. He has worked closely with the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church and in particular with Christ Church's Organist and Musical Director Stephen Darlington, for whom he has written a number of works.

Consecration of Women Bishops

The General Synod of the Church of England has voted decisively to go ahead with the consecration of women bishops. In The Door, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, has given his response to the historic vote. To read the text of Bishop John Pritchard's comment, click here.

Cloister Fountain

On 19th June the Dean dedicated a new work of art in the medieval cloister. It comprises a fountain together with an olive tree, a traditional symbol of peace. The work is by sculptor Gary Breeze from Diss, Norfolk who has been described as one of the most inventive letterers working today. The fountain and the tree together, with their inscriptions, mark the threshold of the cathedral’s sacred space. They stand on cross-of-Lorraine shaped paving which marks the foundation stones of what may have been a 16th century belfry erected after Cardinal Wolsey had demolished some of the Priory buildings to make room for his College.




The Sub-Dean to Retire

The Sub-Dean, the Very Reverend Nicholas Coulton, is to retire this autumn. He has been Sub-Dean since January 2003. There will be a farewell for Nicholas and his family after Evensong on Sunday the 28th of September.

Petertide Ordination

On Sunday the 29th of June 2008 fourteen men and women were ordained by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard as deacons to serve in the Diocese of Oxford. The joyful service at Christ Church Cathedral was attended by their families and friends, clergy and members of their parishes. We wish them fulfilment in the ordained ministry they are now beginning.





Henry Chadwick Funeral

The funeral  for The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick KBE (1920-2008), former Dean of Christ Church, was held in the Cathedral on Wednesday 25th June at 11am.

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