The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

‘The Glory of Our Catholic Churches’ – 22 February Talk at the Cathedral

Life Transfigured is our major series of talks for 2022, which brings a range of exciting artists, musicians, theologians and other speakers to the Diocese to discuss the relationship between Catholic faith and the Arts. The next talk will be on Tuesday 22 February from 7-8 pm at Wheeler Hall, the Cathedral Pastoral and Conference Centre, St Anne’s Street, Leeds. To register for this talk please email:


Presented by Sophie Andreae CBE, DSG, architectural historian

Sophie Andreae is an architectural historian who has spent her career helping to protect historic buildings and promote them to a wider public audience.

She has been the Vice Chair of the Patrimony Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales since 2002. This Committee, currently chaired by Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, provides advice and guidance on all aspects of Catholic heritage to dioceses, priests and parishioners as well as acting at the link between the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the secular authorities concerned with heritage protection. Sophie is currently co-chair of Historic England’s Places of Worship Forum.

The early part of her career was spent working for SAVE Britain’s Heritage before she took up the role of Director of English Heritage’s London Region. She was appointed by the government to serve as a Commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission and its successor body, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She has also served on a number of heritage bodies, including as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, an elected Council Member of the National Trust and as member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral.

Amongst other projects promoting Catholic heritage, she initiated and project managed the publication of A Glimpse of Heaven: Catholic Churches of England and Wales. This book, authored by Christopher Martin, was the first publication on Catholic churches in England and Wales to be published in full colour.

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