By Elizabeth Challand - August 31st, 2023 | Posted in News No comments

Parishioners may like to listen to an interview by Fr James McAuley, Dean of the St John’s Catholic Cathedral, as he talks to the Portsmouth News about the restoration project for the Cathedral West Wing Window and the appeal towards the £100k costs of repair.

Due to deterioration in the leadwork, the window began to collapse earlier this year, requiring scaffolding to be erected to hold it in place. In early July, specialist contractors removed the glass to their workshop for restoration. We hope that the glass will be reinstalled in the early autumn.

Along with local parishioners, the wider Diocese is encouraged to support and donate any amount, perhaps in memory of a loved one, to help with the cost of the restoration. People may text WINDOW to 70560 to donate £10 to the appeal or can now donate online at

The names of donors will be recorded in a special commemorative book at the Cathedral.