Here at Notre Dame, we’re lucky to have the Leeds Cathedral (commonly known as St Anne’s Cathedral) only a short walk away.
As the Diocese of Leeds website states, ‘Leeds Cathedral is one of the finest Catholic Cathedrals in England. Dedicated to Saint Anne, the mother of Our Lady, the Cathedral is situated in the heart of Leeds city centre. The Cathedral is a place of silence and prayer which provides a refuge from the activity of one of Britain’s busiest cities. This atmosphere of peace has grown through the daily celebration of the Liturgy, and every afternoon there is silent Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. This sense of God’s peaceful presence is the Cathedral’s chief glory.’
On Thursday 21 October, five of Notre Dame’s lower sixth students - John Tejada, Annabel James, Abigail Lomotos, Sean De Asis and Kirsten Zoleta - visited the cathedral with our lay chaplain Andrew Sullivan. They gathered with the rest of the Diocese to pray for, and hear about, the work that is done by Catholic Care.
Catholic Care is a charity founded in 1863, after a period of unprecedented growth in Leeds. It is run on Christian principles but offers care and support for people of all faiths or none, reaching out to the disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized in society.
During their visit to the cathedral, our students were addressed by staff from the charity, who said that ‘even during the dark days of COVID-19 people received support like food packages or prescriptions delivered to their homes when options to go out were limited.’
Student Annabel James said, 'I really enjoyed taking part in the trip to the cathedral; it was lovely to represent the college with my friends and celebrate the mysteries of faith together.'