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Worship Community


The Vergers are appointed by the Chapter to keep the Cathedral in good order and to make arrangements for the many and varied activities which take place within the Cathedral and the other public buildings within the Cathedral precinct.

In particular they assist by making preparations for, and taking part in, the daily acts of worship. They lead the officiating ministers to the place where the different services will be held, carrying the distinctive "virge" which gives their role its name.

The Head Verger is James Armstrong. The Assistant Vergers are John Wilkinson, Jenny Alexander, and John Cheal.

The Vergers can be contacted by email at headverger@carlislecathedral.org.uk and by telephone 01228 535169.

The Guild of Priests

The Chapter invites other priests who are serving or have served in the Diocese of Carlisle to preside at the Eucharist on weekdays. Many of those who assist in this way are members of the Cathedral's College of Canons.


The Cathedral's worshipping community includes a licensed Reader. Mrs Kate Whiteford regularly assists at the Sunday Cathedral Eucharist, reading the Gospel, leading prayer and assisting with the administration of Holy Communion. Mrs Whiteford's duties as a Reader include pastoral visiting to members of the Cathedral community and at the Cumberland Infirmary.