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Humans of the Cathedral – Dean Stephen Forde

This January, we're kick-starting 2020 with our new 'Humans of the Cathedral' segment. To start, we're introducing Dean Stephen Forde who has been in his post as Dean of Belfast Cathedral since February 2018.

You might already know the Dean from sitting out in the rain or shine during the Black Santa Annual Sit-Out, or otherwise have met him in the Cathedral itself at one of our services. But chances are, you didn't know these fun facts!

Dean Stephen, what is your favourite part of the Cathedral?

I love standing directly under the Spire of Hope. It is an amazing piece of modern architecture that hangs between the sky and the heart of the Cathedral. It almost seems impossible that such a massive spire can be held by such thin supports, and so it speaks about both faith and hope, which is what our Cathedral is all about. I also love saying to children who visit our Cathedral “Come and see the hole in our roof and see the sky above!”

What are your goals for 2020?

My goals for 2020 are to build our Cathedral as a community of people who find hope and faith for the future. We are to be a people who share more, and care more about the environmental crisis, and about people who are hurting and searching. We are to bring a smile instead of a frown, and hope instead of despair.

Who was your childhood hero?

Virgil Tracy – Pilot of Thunderbird 2!

What is your favourite memory from your time at the Cathedral?

The applause at Lyra McKee’s funeral which restarted the talks to get the politicians back to Stormont.

What is your favourite pizza topping?

La Reine – I love olives – and anchovies.


Belfast Cathedral - Stephen Forde