Cathedral diary: July 2018

By Canon Anthony O'Brien

We look forward in July to a festival of celebrations with everything from ordinations to jubilees, graduations to retirements, with a full programme of events in between.
Monsignor Stephen Alker, now retired from military chaplaincy, celebrated his ruby jubilee at a Mass in the Cathedral on 1 July.

• Later that week, on Saturday 7th, Archbishop Malcolm ordained three men to the priesthood: Carl Mugan, Philip Carr and Anthony Kelly. Given that the last ordinations of diocesan clergy to the priesthood in the Cathedral had taken place about 50 years ago, this was a truly memorable and historic occasion. Please remember to pray for these three men as they now begin their priestly ministries in St Helens, Widnes and at the Cathedral. Check out our Flickr photo album of what was a special day for the diocese.
St Francis Xavier College had a whole school Mass at the Cathedral on 11 July to mark both the end of term and the retirement of their deputy head teacher. Also during this week, as well as the following fortnight, we are being inundated with graduation students from our local universities enjoying celebratory receptions in the Crypt. Hope University is traditionally the last of the three universities to hold its graduation ceremonies here, and these will take place in the Cathedral on 17, 18 and 19 July.
• Interestingly, we are due to receive a brief visit towards the end of the month from the Archbishop of Barcelona and a group of his diocesan priests. They want to stay a few days in Liverpool and then go on to Ampleforth for a brief retreat. It is an opportunity for them to spend time together and to find out about the Catholic Church in this country – and no doubt, for us, a chance to hear about their diocese in Spain.
• The month then ends with an international gathering in Liverpool of scouts, who will be holding a number of celebrations within the Cathedral buildings.