In this ever changing and challenging world, the Dean reflects on today's issues.
We are a diverse group of people, with different roles. We’d like to tell you a bit more about ourselves, so that you know who we are, what we do, and what we can help you with. The clergy have lots of different roles in the running of the Cathedral. You may meet them as they lead and preach at services throughout the week. You may also meet them in any of their other roles mentioned below.
Clergy who are members of the Cathedral Chapter
is the Dean of Sheffield .The word dean comes from the Latin for sergeant, and Peter’s ministry is to be a sort of sergeant of the diocese! He holds three main roles. He is the senior priest of the Diocese, and works closely with the Bishops to support them in their ministries of oversight, for example, by sharing in clergy reviews. The Bishops share with the Dean their mission to organizations that fall outside the parish system, and our responsibilities as the Established Church. As a consequence, Peter spends much of his time developing new relationships with business and community leaders, in pastoral care and evangelism. Finally, he is the senior priest at the Bishop’s Church, the Cathedral, and he leads the team of clergy and lay people who share in the mission of the Cathedral ‘to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ, and so become true witnesses to God’s kingdom, and a place for all people’.
is the Canon Precentor. The title ‘Precentor’ has historically been given to the person in the church who leads the choir and congregation in singing. So as Canon Precentor, Chris is responsible for the planning and direction of Cathedral worship and special services. He works closely with everyone who is connected with the worship of the Cathedral, including the musicians, vergers,lay people and other clergy. He also works with the congregation to develop congregational life, deepen pastoral relationships, support a pattern of prayer and enable continued growth in faith. Chris is responsible, along with colleagues, for aspects of congregational growth and learning. He also has oversight of the Cathedral's programme of visits and pilgrimages.
Mike was born in Norfolk and began a career in catering. Following training as an evangelist with Church Army, Mike worked in a parish in Northern Ireland and as a Hospital and Hospice Chaplain in Norwich. He came to Sheffield in 1995 to take up a post as a Tutor at Wilson Carlile College of Evangelism and then worked as the Pastoral Worker at Christ Church Fulwood. Mike is at present the full-time Chaplain and Spiritual Care Co-Ordinator at St Luke's Hospice here in Sheffield. Mike also acts as Liturgical Chaplain to the Bishop of Doncaster. Mike was recently ordained priest and continues the role of Honorary Curate at the Cathedral. Mike also acts as Chaplain to the Cathedral staff and Chaplain to the College of Canons, roles which involve being a resource to people who live and work within the Cathedral Community.
The Revd Capt Ian Maher
is also a Church Army Evangelist, the Assistant Curate and the newest member of our team. Ian is a Self Supporting Minister at the Cathedral and shares in supporting congregational development and learning. His main ministry role is as the Chaplain and Multifaith Chaplaincy Co-ordinator at Sheffield Hallam University. Ian can be contacted on 0114 225 4577 (chaplaincy office) and his email is