Welcoming our new Cathedral Chaplain

We are delighted to introduce our new Cathedral Chaplain, Colleen Shekerie. This exciting new appointment is a significant addition to our team.

Colleen said:

“Following a time of profound emotional, physical and spiritual challenges, the Dean and Chapter of Birmingham Cathedral have worked in close partnership to reimagine the pastoral care in the parish of Birmingham city centre.

In a city that has grown exponentially and has become known for its diversity of culture and languages, the chaplaincy is an integral front-facing position, which will offer a heartfelt welcome to the cathedral; a listening ear for those longing to speak; and sanctuary for all who visit this place of worship and prayer.

I regard this appointment as an innovation, as well as an opportunity to reimagine God in action, visible and active. The position of chaplain at Birmingham Cathedral is one which combines both pastoral care and outreach work to the wider community of the cathedral’s parish.

My aim is to work in collaboration with our existing membership, members of staff and all who contribute their time and energy to the continuing ministry of St Philip’s. My prayer is that, as chaplain, I can continually encourage members of the cathedral church family to walk in the way of Christ, to be his hands and feet in such a time as this.”