In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Chrissie Graham, the Cathedral's Finance Assistant.
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 the Finance Assistant at the Cathedral.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
Just over six years.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
The first time I visited the Cathedral as an adult was when the Anne Frank exhibition was being shown in 2009.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
- In September 2013 I was privileged to have the Dean bless my Wedding in the cathedral.
- I was involved with the first toddler carol service in 2017 playing a shepherd. Seeing the amount of people coming through the doors and the smiles on the childrens faces was amazing. I am hoping to be involved again this year.
- I was lucky enough to travel to London on 3 July to watch Bishop Viv’s consecration service at St Paul’s Cathedral [Ed: Check our tweets for the dramatic journey]. I have never been there before so to be able to look around the building itself and to be part of the congregation was an experience I will remember for a long time.
- Going up onto the Cathedral roof.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
I would like to see more engagement with the younger generation. We ran a series called Sacred Space which encouraged new audiences to attend the Cathedral. [Ed: Sacred Space is now run once a term, led by our Ordinands from Trinity College – the next one is on Sunday 9 December at 6.00pm]
Our Education department run some fantastic workshops for school age children and to have more schools attend those would be great.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
When people ask where I work I will normally say: one of the most beautiful buildings in Bristol.
The Cathedral is a very welcoming place, and the people and volunteers I work with help make that happen and I feel very grateful for this.