May & June 2024 – Before planning your visit, please check our ‘Visitor Notices’ for accessibility updates and one-off changes to opening times. Click here to view.

DONATE

NEWCASTLE CATHEDRAL
A BEACON OF LIGHT

  • OPENING TIMES

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

Opening times

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

The Lantern Initiative

For centuries, Newcastle Cathedral’s Lantern Tower was a beacon of light, helping ships navigate their way safely along the River Tyne. Today, the Cathedral’s Lantern Initiative seeks to be a beacon of hope for people traversing dark or difficult circumstances in life, creating and fostering spaces of belonging.

The Revd Jon Canessa, Lantern Initiative Lead, writes…

The Lantern Initiative aspires to reframe who a Cathedral is for. As a unique place of worship and historical significance, its function, sanctuary and beauty are a gift to everyone. One of the Cathedral’s values, Radical Welcome, recognises that a passive “all are welcome” invitation is not enough.

Radical Welcome looks around to see who is not here and asks why, compelling us to go out into the wider city to make meaningful relationships and partnerships.

The Lantern Initiative walks in solidarity with those individuals and groups that have been judged or oppressed by wider society, often as a direct consequence of Church persecution. Radical Welcome recognises that creating spaces of belonging with people will mean some inherited ways of doing things will need to be challenged and transformed.

Image: Revd Jon Canessa with members of the ‘Speaking Up Together’ group.

Recent and current projects

Recovery Church

‘Recovery Church’ is for people in recovery from a variety of addictions, including chronic drug and alcohol addiction. Weekly sessions take place on Wednesday evenings in central Newcastle and on Sundays via Zoom. People of all faiths and none are welcomed.

Learn more about Recovery Church

Return of the Story Chair

A unique ‘Story Chair’ created alongside women with experience of the criminal justice system, will return in March 2024. The Lantern Initiative and Cathedral played a key role in the project, a collaboration with Changing Lives and Northumbria University.

Find out more

Lantern Initiative archive

Hidden Stories exhibition

A collective of women involved with Changing Lives created artwork responding to imagery connected to their experience of gender identity and motherhood.

Read more

‘Radical Welcome’ training

This video recording from the National Cathedrals Conference includes a presentation by Jon about the Lantern Initiative and the ‘Radical Welcome’ training offered to volunteers, staff and clergy across the Diocese.

Watch the video