Cathedral unveils visionary campaign for the future

Liverpool Cathedral will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its consecration on Sunday 20 July by launching a massive fundraising campaign.

The 24 for 2024 campaign aims to raise £24m before the 100th consecration anniversary of this iconic city building.

The launch takes place in the context of our 90th Consecration Anniversary Service and Cathedral picnic. This will be a celebration for all connected with the cathedral. It will be a time to rejoice in the skills and foresight of those who designed, funded and built this cathedral for the people of our great city and region. The celebrations focussed around our morning communion and 3pm Evensong will be a time of great joy for the cathedral, and will include a celebratory peal of bells.

To mark the 90th anniversary we are launching the £24 for 2024 funding campaign to take us through the next 100 years.

  • 6 major new initiatives which will need an investment of £5.5m
  • Urgent repairs to the rood, tower and beautiful, historic windows costing £10m
  • Further work to complete the appeal to restore our grand organ – £1.5m
  • A substantial fabric repair endowment fund for the future – £7m

The Dean and Chapter have thought, prayed and consulted over a visionary plan for the future of the cathedral. This plan seeks to make sure that the by the centenary of our consecration on 19th July 2024 we will, by God’s grace, be mission-fit for the next hundred years. The Chapter is determined to pass the building to future generations in good condition and make certain this vibrant centre of worship and mission is equipped to serve future generations well.

Part of the visionary plan will involve two newly built centres on the cathedral campus. Subject to planning permission these centres will enable the cathedral to offer several projects in key aspects of its work.

The St Aidan’s Centre will be a place for leading edge learning and pioneer mission accommodating
St Melitus NW – a training partnership for new vicars
The Joshua Project for Pioneer Ministry – which will consolidate Liverpool’s excellent national and international reputation for new forms of ministry.
The Cathedral Centenary Centre –  a place of critical thinking and community engagement including:-
The Francis Neilson Project for Choral Outreach – taking our musical expertise into the community
The Abraham Project for inclusive education – fostering dialogue, peace and reconciliation between faiths.
The Liverpool Cathedral Project for Wellbeing – supporting social justice projects such as the Hope+ Foodbank.

The campaign has got off to a great start with £2.4m already pledged towards its total. This includes a substantial donation from the Friends of Liverpool Cathedral.

Launching the campaign, the Dean of Liverpool the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox said: “I am proud to be Dean of a cathedral that does not seek to rest on its legacy but to work hard to ensure this great building maintains its position as the spiritual centre of this great city and region.

“£24million is a huge, ambitious target; but it’s one that matches and honours those who had the courage to found this Cathedral and who bequeathed it to our generation.

“Liverpool Cathedral is ‘a safe place to do risky things in Christ’s service’: it plays a massively important part in the lives of individuals in our city. It has immense significance for the cultural and civic life of our city and region. This is an important moment and we must grasp it. We owe it to future generations to ensure the future of one of the greatest buildings in the UK and the world.”

The campaign is being backed by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, who said: “I know from personal experience the extraordinary history and current impact, the huge challenges and massive future potential of Liverpool Cathedral, as well as the strength of affection people have for it, within the church and far beyond.

“This Strategic Plan reflects the ambition of those who pioneered the building of the Cathedral over a hundred years ago, and the scale of opportunity in Christ’s service which its second century will bring. I am delighted to endorse it.”

Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, added: “Liverpool Cathedral is an icon for the region, and I wholeheartedly commend the ambition of its Strategic Plan. It is vital to ensure that, as we approach its centenary we bequeath to future generations a building worthy of its history.”