Canon Richard Hearn KCHS, VG

Cathedral Dean

Father Richard was appointed Cathedral Dean by Archbishop Peter Smith on 1st March 2015 having previously been a full-time prison chaplain in Kent. The Dean is responsible for the cathedral parish and for all aspects of the running of the cathedral and the Amigo Hall. He is assisted in this task by the cathedral clergy and a small dedicated cathedral staff.

Father Richard was appointed a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in November 2016. He is a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem which supports the Church in the Holy Land and makes regular pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

In February 2020 Archbishop John appointed Canon Richard as Moderator of the Curia and one of the Vicars General of the Diocese. He remains the Diocesan Advisor on Prison Chaplaincy.

Father Francis Murphy


Fr Francis was born and raised in Dulwich and trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome; he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Smith in July 2018. His first appointment was as Assistant Priest at St John the Baptist, Purley. Fr Francis' responsibilities include supporting the Confirmation and RCIA programmes, serving as Master of Ceremonies, and acting as a school and hospital chaplain. 

For enquiries regarding any of the areas for which Fr Francis is responsible please email him directly at the above email address.

Father Dermott O'Gorman


Fr Dermott trained for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John in July 2020. Before this, he was a Civil Servant and worked for some time in this area when he attended daily Mass at the Cathedral. Fr Dermott’s responsibilities include supporting the First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion programme, coordinating the altar servers and is a school chaplain.

For enquiries regarding any of the areas for which Fr Dermott is responsible please email him directly.

Father David Howell

Also Resident

Fr David Howell grew up in south west London and attended the London Oratory School before reading Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome and was ordained at St George’s Cathedral on 16th July 2016. He was assistant priest at Brixton Hill for two years then at Lewisham for three years and is now a priest in residence at St George’s.

Father Stephen Haines

Assisting Priest (Retired)

Father Stephen is semi-retired and usually assists at the cathedral at the weekends. With the permission of the Archbishop Fr Stephen is an elected member of the Court of Common Council of the Corporation of London. This is an unpaid non-political role and enables Fr Stephen to bring a Catholic perspective to the deliberations of the council. Fr Stephen has strong connections to the Philippines and spends time there every year where he ministers to the local Catholic Community.

Cathedral Staff:

Tricia Gilbride
Cathedral Manager -

Haron Copeland
Site & Facilities Manager -

Jonathan Schranz
Director of Music -

Frederick Stocken
Organist & Assistant Director of Music

Marion Pritchard & Patrizia Callot
Cathedral Secretaries -

The Archbishop

For information about the Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend John Wilson, please visit the website of the Archdiocese of Southwark.