The Friends of Belfast Cathedral’s Service is to be resurrected this Sunday, June 10, after a lapse of 16 years.
The Friends pre-date the consecration of the Cathedral itself. The group was founded in 1894 with the aim of assisting the Dean and Cathedral Board in maintaining the fabric and furnishings of the Cathedral and of promoting interest in the Cathedral and knowledge of its history.
Friends’ annual services began with the consecration of the Nave on June 4 1904, and continued every June for 98 years.
But the services were discontinued after 2002 because members were getting older and many lived outside Belfast.
The Friends are keen to attract new members, and the desire to generate interest in the organisation has prompted them to re-establish this annual service.
Hon Secretary Mrs Joan Thompson said: “We are hoping to stimulate more interest in the Friends and would like to invite anyone wanting to learn more about how they can become involved along to this service of Choral Evensong on June 10 at 3.30pm.”
The contribution made by the Friends to the Cathedral is invaluable. They helped fund the Titanic Memorial Pall and the purchase of new choir robes for the girls’ choir as well as many other things.
Membership of the Friends of Belfast Cathedral is by subscription and new Friends are always very welcome. Friends receive free admission to the Cathedral and are kept up to date with news of the Cathedral through the Cathedral Digest which all receive.
There is an annual general meeting in October, and two pilgrimages each year to places of local interest. It is hoped that as the number of Friends increase it will be possible to organise more events.
For more information please contact Joan on 028 9332 9102.