Our Cathedral Vision

Our vision is for St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne to be a place of transformation for our City and Diocese whereall people can come to experience and know God’s love in Christ Jesus.

Our Vision flows from the Cathedral’s position at the heart of our City and Diocese: our witness as an iconic symbol of faith for the people of Melbourne, and the home church of our Diocese.

Click here to see an overview of our 5 Year Strategic Plan 2020-2025


St Paul’s stands at the very heart of the City of Melbourne. In style, it echoes the grand Cathedrals of Europe. Designed by distinguished English revival architect William Butterfield, the Cathedral is built in the neo-Gothic transitional style, partly Early English and partly Decorated. Many consider St Paul’s to be Butterfield’s final masterpiece.

St Paul’s Cathedral has been an integral part of Christian Melbourne since the city’s foundation: it stands on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.


Wominjeka – Welcome

St Paul’s Cathedral stands on the traditional lands of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge and pay our respects to their elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

We are committed to the work of reconciliation.

Let’s Fully Welcome Refugees

As Cathedrals and Dioceses across Australia joined St Paul’s Cathedral’s 2014 awareness campaign to fully welcome refugees, the Dean wrote:

Twice a week, young people from overseas come to St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne for a few hours’ English conversation, followed by a shared meal. All of them are new arrivals to Australia. Many of them are refugees.

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