Mother Church

St. George's Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral of St George, Southwark

The original building, opened in 1848, and the first Catholic Cathedral in the UK since the Reformation, was the work of the great Victorian Architect, Pugin. Although much of the Cathedral was badly bombed in 1941 during the Second World War, a great deal of his design remains, and is incorporated into the rebuilt Cathedral, which was re-opened in 1958.

St. George's is the Mother Church of the Province of Southwark, which covers the actual Archdiocese of Southwark (the London boroughs south of the Thames, the county of Kent and the Medway unitary authority), and also the Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Portsmouth, and Plymouth.

The Cathedral occupies an historic site close to the Imperial War Museum and a few minutes walk from London's South Bank. It serves a lively and cosmopolitan community from all over London, and has a strong parish identity in addition to its role as a Cathedral. For example, the vibrant Latin American community is served with a Spanish Mass every Sunday, delivered in the Spanish.

On top of this, every Mass is attended by people of different ethnicities and ages, ranging from African to Asian to European. The Cathedral is proud to be a religious home to all these audiences.