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Thank you for visiting St John’s Cathedral’s events page.  Here you will find information about concerts, seminars, workshops, special church services, short-term exhibitions and community events taking place at the Cathedral or in the Cathedral Precinct. On this page, items will generally be presented with imminent or current events at the top of the page, and longer-running or future events beneath. Please see the sidebox below left for more information.


Offsite events, particular theme days/weeks or festivals which might be of wider interest are more likely to be found in the GENERAL NEWS section on the home page of this website.  This is not a hard-and-fast rule: we will be keeping an eye on the dispersal of information across this new website, to try to minimise the number of clicks and cross-reference links needed.

Regarding links, some of the events featured here (and on the home page) may require registration, ticketing or booking fees. Where this is the case, either the event image or a specific text link should take you to the relevant (external) website for more details.

Please note that St John’s Cathedral provides such information in good faith and cannot be responsible for the veracity or otherwise of such links. If you find a link is broken or are concerned about its redirection, please contact the Cathedral office during business hours, 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, or email

Next: Sunday 1st July, 9.30am

Following the example of Jesus, and his explicit instructions to his disciples, the ministry of healing for any kind of disease or distress is an integral part of the proclamation and application of the Gospel of compassion.

It is administered by the “Laying on of Hands with prayer” by a priest gently touching the head or shoulders of the person in need. No questions are asked although a person may, if they wish, give their name or a brief description of their concern. It is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to receive this ministry on behalf of another who cannot be present.

Those who wish to receive this ministry are invited to make their way to the Lady Chapel (north side of the Cathedral) following the reception of Communion.

The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Anointing is also available at other times, including after each act of worship. Please contact the Cathedral Office.

First Sunday each month, after 9.30am

Walking the Labyrinth occurs on the first Sunday of each month following the 9.30am Eucharist. If you have not walked the Labyrinth before, you would be most welcome to join the group who regularly do so. Please join us to walk the Labyrinth – we meet under the Rose Window.

The path is always new, because,
as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth
a path of contemplation,
reflection, prayer …
Beneath the surface, 
walking the labyrinth
is a profound discipline in listening,
in active silence, 
in finding movement
and rhythm in the stillneses underneath
and in 
between everyday’s noise.
Walking the labyrinth is an exercise
in finding 
the voice speaking in whispers
underneath the whirlwind of sound.

~ Travis Scholl, “Walking the Labyrinth –
A Place to Pray and Seek God” p.17, IVP Books, 2014

Wednesday 11th July, 6.00pm

On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring music, poetry and silence.

This year guest musicians will play at each of these services to allow the gift of music to enhance our worship as we encounter God in the stillness, and in the bread and wine.

The service commences at 6.00pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space.

Sunday 17th June, 11.30am

Join the Dean, The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, as he leads a walking tour of our Cathedral.

Together we will explore the ways that the design of this magnificent building captures and teaches us about the faith.

Open to all, there is no cost for what will surely be a most informative and enlightening experience, but a suggested donation of $10 before you leave would be most welcome.

Mon. 16th – Wed. 18th July

Understanding our world as it is.
Discerning God in the here and now.
Seeking a prophetic vision for how it might be. Reimagining and enlivening our communities.

The 2018 program will be held at St John’s College, within The University of Queensland, featuring a fascinating range of speakers, events and workshops. Among the special guests, Michael Leunig will also be at St John’s Cathedral!

The gathering will provide an opportunity to inspire fresh thinking about living in a world of increasing complexity and rapid change, to seek insights into our prophetic vision for how the world could be. To ask ourselves deeper questions, like how do we form, nurture, or participate in our communities, in life-giving ways? We will do this through talks, liturgy, creative spaces and open dialogues.

The two-page program flyer (820kb) may be downloaded here

Tickets are: Full $297 (Full), $176 (Concession) or $350 (Samaritan) and may be booked through the Abundant Justice website

Wednesday 20th June, 7.30pm

A musical feast for the senses in the stunning surrounds of St John’s Cathedral!

“Classical music the world over” is the motto of this world-famous orchestra, regular visitors to Australia. The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces, the true appeal being the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs.

Don’t miss the Chamber’s only Brisbane performance, featuring works from Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Paganini – program and performer details on the flyer (1MB) which you may download here

Advance bookings through the Ticketmaster website – or phone 136 100. Limited seats may be available (cash sale only) at the Cathedral door one hour before the performance begins.

More info: visit the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne webpage

Next: Sunday 24th June, 9.30am

2018 Series – next event:
Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F Hob XXII

(with strings)

In our worship at St John’s Cathedral we constantly celebrate the rich diversity of liturgical music. On occasions we highlight particular masses in our “Eclectic Mode” Series. Join us at 9.30am on these occasions, or on any Sunday, as words and music come together in liturgical celebration.

Further eclectic masses planned for 2018 include:

  • Sunday 26th August –
    Vierne: Missa solenelle
  • Sunday 28th October –
    Jonathon Dove: Missa Brevis

To download the A5-size flyer (630kb) of the 2018 Eclectic Masses click here

Sunday 24th June, 6.00pm

Join us for this very special Evensong as the St John’s Cathedral community – and our choral alumni – gather to honour all former choristers and choir members in this evening service.

For the reuniting alumni, rehearsals from 3.00pm, a meal before Evensong, and drinks afterwards should give everyone the opportunity of renewing choral friendships.

We hope to have the biggest gathering of St John’s singers ever to sing some of the most superb choral music! Everyone is warmly welcomed to share in what promises to be an extraordinary Evensong service!

Sunday 1st July, 2.30pm

In “Hopes of Heaven ~ a wish for peace in our time” conductor Emily Cox will lead the Canticum Chamber Choir in this heavenly performance.

Featuring works from Gearing, Whitacre, William, Grieg and others under the soaring vaults of our Cathedral, the theme is to transport the audience ‘through darkness into light’ … the concert flyer (348kb) may be downloaded here

Tickets are $30 and $22 (under-16s are free) and may be booked online through 4MBS Ticketing or by calling 3847 1717.

Thursday 21st June, 6.00pm

Everyone is warmly invited to come and experience a free open yoga session in our Cathedral on the UNAA International Day of Yoga for Peace and Harmony, observed since 2014 (UN Resolution 69/131).

The morning session for children on 21st June is fully booked with participating schools. However, there are many places for adults and the general community in the evening session.

Entry is free and participants should bring their own mat and water bottle. Donations of $5 or $10 are welcome towards costs and for the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce.

More info and registrations at:

Thursday 28th June, 7.00pm

Live in concert with pianist Kate Johnson, Greta brings the Australian tour of her new album “Home” to the soaring surrounds of our Cathedral.

Tickets are $57 (Concession $50) plus booking fee and are available through the Ticketek website or by calling (02) 9266 4034.

More info: visit Greta Bradman’s website

Saturday 30th June, 9.45am-2.30pm

With The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions, St John’s Cathedral is hosting an event to celebrate and explore the ways preachers have appealed to the emotions of their listeners across the ages.

Following the reading of a sermon by the famous 17th Century preacher and poet John Donne, the day will feature a talk on sermons and emotions by The Rev’d Dr Erica Longfellow, Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford and one of the editors of the new Oxford University Press edition of Donne’s complete sermons.

After lunch, a roundtable discussion will encourage audience participation, focusing on the ways in which religious language has appealed to the emotions in the past and continues to do so today.

Enquiries and RSVPs (including any dietary requirements) to Lisa Clarke by email or by phoning 3835 2239.

More info: the A5-size (800kb) flyer may be downloaded here


Our next free morning concert will be given on Thursday 5th July at 11.00am.

Musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium Outreach will be giving this free concert and all are most welcome to come in, sit and savour some special musical treats.

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