Faith & Worship

Week 50 - Gemma Dececio

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Gemma Dececio, Cathedral Education Officer. 

On Wednesday, we welcome hundreds of babies and pre-school children into the cathedral for Toddlers' Carols. These services take place at 10.00am and 2.00pm and are hugely popular

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.

Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media. 

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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?

I am the acting Education Officer whilst Frances Taylor is on maternity leave. In the education department we plan and deliver a broad educational programme along with a fun and creative holiday craft event, “Crafty Cathedral”.


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

I am a relative newbie to the Cathedral; I have been working here since September. My association with the Cathedral, started however when I graduated from UWE after completing my PGCE.


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

I have lived and worked as a Secondary School teacher in Bristol for nearly 10 years. Since having my daughter I was looking for a role that would complement my family life but also enable me to continue my passion for teaching. This role is a perfect balance.


What have been some of your personal highlights?

It is always a true privilege to welcome students to the Cathedral. The look on the students' faces when they walk through the Nave is priceless.

I have enjoyed enriching the students’ educational journey through delivering a wide range of educational events. I also enjoy the creativity and the diversity the role brings. No one day has been the same!

Working with the Cathedral’s Education Volunteers has also been an honour. Without their goodwill and dedication we would not be able to offer the students the wide range of enrichment opportunities.


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

To reach out to more children; through growing the education provision.

Our educational visits, themed education days, or our holiday events, always prove to be popular. It would be great to open these out so more children can have the opportunity to experience Cathedral life.


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

A welcoming place for all.  Since starting here, I have been made to feel very welcome by everyone – thank you!

The Cathedral is steeped in a labyrinth of historical stories and I fully enjoy the opportunity to learn something new every time I walk around the Cathedral. 

I also love listening to our fantastic Choir practice and how the sun shines through the stained glass windows when sitting at my desk in our office. I feel very lucky to work in a beautiful and unique place.