Father Francis Murphy

Acting Dean

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, and he took up office as Sub-Dean of St George’s Cathedral in September 2021. Following the untimely passing of Canon Richard Hearn, Fr Francis was appointed by Archbishop John Wilson as Acting Dean until such time as a new appointment is made.

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.

Rev Javier Elderfield


Deacon Javier is a married permanent deacon with a family of five children. He was ordained in 2009 and was appointed to St Saviours parish, Lewisham Deanery, ministering there for twelve years. He works full time as the Chaplaincy coordinator for Christ the King Sixth Forms, based at CTK Emmanuel, Lewisham. Before then he worked as a secondary school music teacher. He and his wife are the Diocesan Marriage and Family Life (MFL) Bereavement ministry coordinators. He is available mostly at weekends to assist the Cathedral Liturgies.

Father Stephen Haines

Assisting Priest (Semi-Retired)

Father Stephen is semi-retired and sometimes assists at the Cathedral at weekends. He 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 - triciagilbride@stgeorges.org.uk

Haron Copeland
Site & Facilities Manager - facilities@stgeorges.org.uk

Jonathan Schranz
Director of Music - music@stgeorges.org.uk

Frederick Stocken
Organist & Assistant Director of Music

Marion Pritchard & Patrizia Callot
Cathedral Secretaries - admin@stgeorges.org.uk

Visiting our Music Department pages to see a full list of Music staff at the Cathedral. 

The Archbishop

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