News and Events

FOCCUS organizes events throughout the year to build up a strong Friends community and to share with each other their love for their Mother Church. FOCCUS events are listed below.

To learn about events at Canterbury Cathedral, visit the Cathedral website. The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral UK organise regular events too. For details, visit the UK Friends pages.

Periodic newsletters help keep our members informed of the work of the charity.

Appeal November 2018

Dear Friends, I write as a longtime and enthusiastic board member of FOCCUS. I offer two perspectives on our mission together. First, the Very Reverend Dr. Robert A. Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, presented a series of eloquent reflections during a forum at Virginia Theological Seminary just a few weeks ago. Dean Willis spoke about […]

Pilgrimage Pathways: Chaucer’s Journey – London to Canterbury

An Offering for the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States led by The Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern Travel Dates: Friday 24 May – Monday 3 June 2019 This journey opens new avenues of exploration in the fields of art, architecture, music, literature and history – alongside our living faith. As we travel through […]

May 2018 Appeal

Please find attached the May 2018 appeal letter.

Pilgrimage Pathways: Capturing Light in Reflection on WWI

Art & Remembrance across Northern France and Belgium Travel Dates: 3 July – 13 July 2018 WORLD WAR I – fought between 1914 and 1918 – was a conflict on an epic scale and left an indelible mark on the collective memory of the countries forever changed in the course of history. This twelve-day pilgrimage […]

February 2018 Newsletter

Please find attached the February 2018 issue of the FOCCUS newsletter.

Pilgrimage Pathways: Three Nations with the Viking Legacy Inspiring World Peace

A Scandinavian Pilgrimage led by The Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern Travel dates: 24 June – 8 July 2018 This pilgrimage traces the history, spirituality and cultural highlights of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. We visit three Scandinavian capitals, their cultural environs and each of their cathedral-seats at Trondheim, Roskilde and Uppsala. From royal personages to archbishops, […]

Pilgrimage Pathways: Ancient Manuscripts and Modern Art across England

An English Pilgrimage co-led by The Bishop of Arizona and Canon Corkern Travel dates: 2 April – 12 April 2018 This is a pilgrimage co-led with Bishop Kirk Smith of Arizona and Dr. Christopher de Hamel (the Curator of the Augustine Gospels). We shall travel behind the scenes at the British Library and the museums/libraries […]

Pilgrimage Pathways: Art and Culture – Faith and Justice in the Deep South

An American South Pilgrimage led by The Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern Travel dates: 28 January – 7 February 2018 Have you ever wondered what it was really like down South? This pilgrimage opens a door onto the American South to illustrate the ideas of Southern hospitality across the last three centuries in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama […]

November 2017 Appeal

Please find attached the November 2017 appeal letter.

Pilgrimage Pathways: In the Footsteps of Martin Luther, October 2017

Come join the 500th Anniversary Celebration in the places where it all began! Travel Dates: 19-29 October 2017 led by The Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern We will take a captivating journey across five centuries of Reformation through the heart of Germany. Together we will consider the deep impact of Martin Luther’s work, and gain appreciation […]