Christ Church Cathedral (Fredericton)
|Christ Church Cathedral|
Christ Church Cathedral, 2005
|Location||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|Architectural type||Gothic Revival|
|Length||62 metres (203 ft)|
|Width||33 metres (108 ft)|
|Nave width||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Height||70 metres (230 ft)|
|Number of spires||1|
|Spire height||38 metres (125 ft)|
Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton. The Cathedral is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1845 and it was consecrated in 1853. The Gothic Revival cathedral is modelled after St. Mary's Church, Snettisham, Norfolk.
The Cathedral has suffered two fires in its century and a half. In both, damage was largely contained to the tower and the choir area underneath it.
In the 1990's the Cathedral underwent a restoration consisting of refacing its stonework, repointing tracery, cleaning its woodwork, refinishing of pews and shoring up the masonry on the east end. The copper plating and a new cross were installed on the spire.
There are three choirs: an adult choir which provides music for principal Sunday services and monthly evensong; a treble children's choir which sings monthly at Sunday morning and evening services; and a contemporary choir and bank which sings at the Sunday morning contemporary service.
Willis Noble is the current Director of Music and Organist. Former Directors of Music and Organists include:
- Michael Capon (now at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston)
- Paul Murray (interim)
- Geoffrey Campbell
The Cathedral is extra-parochial. It has a congregation, which acts in many ways like a parish, but does not exist as a parish itself. The parish lands of downtown Fredericton belong to the Parish of Fredericton (Christ Church (Parish) Church and St. Anne's Chapel), St. Anne's being the former Chapel of Ease constructed by Bishop Medley upon the demolition of the original parish church. As a community, the Cathedral is governed by the "Bishop and Chapter" whose function is similar to a parish rector, church wardens and vestry and that of the usual "chapter" of other cathedrals. For instance, there are congregation representatives on Bishop and Chapter elected annually by the congregation along with other members appointed by the Bishop of Fredericton.
The Cathedral is often considered to be understaffed for a church of its stature. The Dean, Geoffrey M. Hall, former executive assistant to the Bishop of Fredericton, Claude Miller, is the only stipendiary cleric currently associated with the Cathedral. The appointment of a lay youth ministry coordinator occurred in late 2011, which ended in 2014. There are however, several retired clergy who serve as honorary assistants.
The canons of the Cathedral Chapter typically do not have a liturgical or governance role at the Cathedral unlike other foundations. In the Diocese of Fredericton, these positions are largely ceremonial rather than collegiate to the Cathedral itself.
Former deans of the Cathedral include:
- Keith Joyce
- William Hockin (now a retired Bishop of Fredericton)
- John Wright
- Donald Noseworthy
- Rhodes Cooper
- "History", Christ Church Cathedral website. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
- http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1564 G. Ernest Fairweather
- Christ Church Cathedral. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
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- Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton website. "Choirs". Retrieved 21 December 2007
- Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton website. "The Organ." Retrieved 21 December 2007.
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