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Exeter Cathedral is a diverse organisation working, under God, to meet the needs of a wide variety of stakeholders.
We are the place of the Bishop’s seat (cathedra), the symbol of his teaching and spiritual authority, and the focus for his ministry. We are, therefore, the place where the Diocese of Exeter gathers for important events. We have a major role, too, in the life of the City of Exeter and the County of Devon. We are the place where times of significant celebration or sadness are marked, and so we have close working relationships the major institutions of the County.
The Cathedral is a working church, in the Anglican tradition, and a place with a centuries-old pattern of daily worship. We delight in maintaining our part in the ancient traditions and beauties of English Choral Music, with a choir consisting of men and treble lines of boys and girls. We look to help with the spiritual development of those who choose to worship here, and are able to offer a level of pastoral and spiritual care, appropriate to a cathedral, to those who come as worshippers, pilgrims or tourists. Alongside our programme of spiritual nurture, we offer programmes of formal and informal education, so that those who come here leave with a better understanding of the heritage of which we are guardians, and the faith of those who built the Cathedral and work and worship in it today.
The Cathedral is also a major tourist destination in the South West of England and welcomes visitors from all over the world. We have ambitious plans to develop our facilities (which currently include a shop and small café) for all our visitors. We seek to hand on the physical and spiritual heritage, of which we are present custodians, in good order for future generations to enjoy.