Year in Review • 2022

As we prepare to bring in the New Year, we’re looking back at some of our highlights and significant moments of 2022.

From all of us at St Paul’s Cathedral, we wish you and your loved ones God’s rich blessing for 2023.

Luke Jerram’s Gaia

Credit: Gavin Hansford.

In April, we welcomed Luke Jerram’s spectacular replica of the Earth, as part of the Cathedral’s advocacy for greater action on Climate Change. More than 130,000 people visited the Cathedral during its three month stay, with many taking the time to reflect on the preciousness of God’s good creation.

Remembering Her Late Majesty

The year began with a celebratory service giving thanks for the 70-year reign of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Cathedral was filled again on September 11 as thousands came together to give thanks to God for her long life and commitment to service and faith.

The Cathedral will hold a special service in May 2023 to mark the Accession of His Majesty King Charles III. More details will be made available closer to the time

Narthex Screen Installation

Credit: Danielle Bonica / via ABC News

In October we were delighted to install this brand new Narthex Glass Artwork, created by our Artist-in-Residence Canon Glenn Loughrey and Wathaurong Glass in Geelong. The artwork is a permanent acknowledgment of the lands of the Wurundjeri/Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation on which the Cathedral stands.

Cathedral Shop Launch

In November, we launched our brand new Cathedral Shop with a new team and product lines. We’re thrilled by the response to our new shop! Every purchase supports the continuing work and ministry of our Cathedral.

Looking for a unique gift? The shop is open daily and you can also shop online.


Credit: Laura Wilson

2022 was a year of fabulous music in the Cathedral, from concerts by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Youth Choir to our wonderful Lunchtime Concerts, the Cathedral has continued its mission as a place of musical excellence. In late November we were thrilled to launch our new concert piano, a Schimmel K280T, the purchase of which was made possible through the generosity of donors to our Music Foundation. 

We give thanks for all the musicians who have contributed to the musical life of the Cathedral in 2022. If you’d like to support this important part of the Cathedral life in 2023, tax-deductible donations can be made here.

Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Diocese of Melbourne

Archbishop Welby, Archbishop Freier and Archbishop Comensoli led the blessing with Heads of Churches.

Celebrations for this important milestone were held throughout the year and culminated in a visit of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Right Hon. Justin Welby, in October. The Cathedral was filled with representatives from Parishes, Schools, and Agencies from across the Diocese and we were pleased to share the celebration with our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Archdiocese who all also commemorated their 175th Anniversary.