November at the Cathedral archives

By Neil Sayer, archdiocesan archivist

This month the archdiocesan archives at the Cathedral are marking the golden jubilees of three parish churches: St Cyril, Netherley; St Matthew/St Francis of Assisi, Skelmersdale; and St John Stone, Southport.
The Metropolitan Cathedral may still be celebrating its own golden jubilee, but the archives are giving prominence to three other churches that also opened across the Archdiocese in 1967 – even if not all of them made it to their respective 50-year anniversaries. St Cyril, Netherley, St Matthew/St Francis of Assisi, Skelmersdale and Southport's St John Stone were all founded in 1967.
The archdiocesan archivists have catalogued all available records for the three churches in question and are displaying the fruits of these labours in the archives during November.
The archives are located in the Cathedral, and anyone visiting the Crypt is welcome to drop in. However, if you would like to make a special visit, please email
Photo caption: Archbishop Derek Worlock lays the foundation stone for the new church of St John Stone, 6 June 1993, with Father Seamus Ahearne, Augustinian Provincial