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Our doors are open to everyone, especially to those who want to talk about something that is troubling them or are feeling lonely.

We have friendly chaplains and listeners to pray with you or hear your concerns.

Talk to a listener

A team of listeners are in the Cathedral most weekday mornings. They are available for anyone who wants to talk to someone. They all share the Christian faith that underpins the Cathedral and are trained by Durham Christian Partnership.

As they are not trained in pastoral counselling, occasionally they may refer a person to the chaplain or an agency which can provide specialist support.


Talk to a chaplain

Chaplains are ordained ministers of the Church of England or other Christian churches.

We aim to have a chaplain available in the Cathedral every day to offer pastoral ministry with visitors, volunteers and staff. They are a friendly, welcoming face around the Cathedral dressed in black robes.

Just want to pray but not sure how?

There is no right or wrong way. However you may find our How to pray suggestions useful.

Helpful information about places to turn

We can provide information about organisations who can offer specialist support for visitors seeking pastoral care. Please ask one of our listeners or chaplains.

Worried about a child or vulnerable adult?

Please take a look at our Safeguarding concerns page.