Faith & Worship

Week 11 - Alice Kemp

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Alice Kemp, Diocesan Disability Adviser.

In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.

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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?

I am an honorary canon and have also been involved a little as Diocesan Disability Adviser. It is also where I was ordained as priest and deacon


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

I was made Canon in May 2017, I was ordained in the cathedral in 2010 and became disability adviser in 2013


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

The fact that it is the cathedral for our diocese


What have been some of your personal highlights?

  • My ordinations as priest and deacon.
  • Carrying one of the oils as deacon in the Maundy Thursday service.
  • Being made Honorary Canon.
  • Being able to speak with the social justice group.
  • Some of the special services such as Bishop Mike’s 10 year anniversary and then retirement services.


What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?

I would love to see the cathedral become more inclusive of all and improve its accessibility. I am interested in the sound project that is happening and how that can be used to engage with young people who have little or no verbal language.


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

It represents the heart of the diocese.I spent much of my younger life living in close proximity to cathedrals – Worcester and Chichester – so they are places I feel very comfortable in and appreciate the role they have both in the life of the city but also in the diocese. It has been very precious to be able to be involved in some little way in the life of a cathedral again.