Work is now well under way on creating a lasting memorial to the late Mgr Peter McGuire, former Vicar General of the Diocese of Leeds, and Dean of the Cathedral between 1981 and 2003. He died in January 2015, aged eighty-two, and is still fondly remembered across the diocese.
The memorial has been designed by the Cathedral Architect, Richard Williams, and is being made in the workshops of Houghtons of York who specialise in high quality architectural joinery and fine woodcarving.
With joinery workshops based at Dunnington, York they directly employ a team of highly skilled joiners, carpenters and woodcarvers.
The memorial is being made from English Oak and will incorporate the mosaic panel that was the centrepiece of the pulpit that stood in the Cathedral until the reordering of 2005-6. It was originally designed for the old St Anne’s Cathedral in 1898, by John Francis Bentley, the Yorkshire-born architect of Westminster Cathedral.
The mosaic depicts the scene in St Matthew’s Gospel where St Peter is given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven by Our Lord, and will now establish a tangible reminder of the connection between Mgr McGuire and his patron saint.
On completion, the new memorial will be installed in the north transept of the Cathedral and formally dedicated during the summer of 2023.
For information about how to donate towards the cost of the memorial please follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/heritage2022
Alternatively, please contact the Cathedral Office on 0113 245 4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org