Sacristan – Westminster Cathedral

Key information

Closing date: 11:59pm, Wednesday 29 May 2024

£28,210 per year

35 hours per week


Based in London, SW1P 1QW

Interviews: In person, Wednesday 5 June / Thursday 6 June 2024


Please find below the job description for this role:

Job Description Sacristan May 2024


Do you have a desire to be a part of a team who oversees the day-to-day workings of the Sacristy at one London’s most iconic landmarks? Then you could be the next Sacristan to join the team at Westminster Cathedral.


What you’ll be doing

Speaking to servers, Pope Saint John Paul II once said, “Your commitment to the Altar is not only a duty but a great honour, a true and holy service.” The ministry of our Cathedral Sacristy Team expresses very well these words of Pope Saint John Paul II as they assist us, devotedly, with our daily worship, for which we give thanks.


Since it was first opened in 1903, Westminster Cathedral is the only Cathedral in England where two popes have celebrated Mass, and welcomes countless visitors through its doors every day.

We are recruiting a Sacristan, who is will join the team who is responsible for the day to day running of the Cathedral Sacristy, reporting to the Head Sacristan and working within a team of dedicated Sacristans.

You will be responsible for preparing and clearing away before and after liturgical events, namely masses and other liturgical services.

You will develop a close working relationship with the team of Sacristans as well as with the Clergy, Volunteers and servers to maintain the preparation, of the sanctuary for the celebration of Mass, storage and care of liturgical vestments and assisting the Head Sacristan to maintain adequate supplies of inventories necessary for the provision of the schedule of mass.

You will be experienced in clear time management as you will need to ensure that all necessary preparations are made to ensure services begin promptly and that all delays have been mitigated

This means there’s lots to get involved in – and to be excited about.


What we’re looking for

You’ll love working in an integral role within Westminster Cathedral and will need the successful candidate to be able to work effectively in a small team that is comprised mainly of volunteers, and to work closely under the Precentor under his supervision and the supervision of the Chaplains of Westminster Cathedral.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and be a self-motivated individual that is capable of working unsupervised with an eye for detail and the ability to act on initiative when required.

Additionally, you will have excellent organisational skills, and an innate ability to prioritise your workload effectively and discreetly if required.

You’ll be joining a dynamic Sacristy team as they continue the smooth running of Sacristy that is characteristic of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


What we offer you

In return for your hard work and commitment to us, you will receive a competitive reward package which will include, but is not limited to:

  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Discounts scheme through Edenred-shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets gift cards and much more
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to low cost loans with Churches Mutual
  • Employee assistance programme– free, independent 24/7 help and advice for work-related issues as well as problems affecting home life


Who are we?

We are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, a faith-based charity with offices close to Victoria Train and Underground Station and just a short walk from St James Park and Westminster Underground stations.

We are home to the Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols) & our beautiful Westminster Cathedral. We are one of the leading Catholic dioceses in the country, delivering our charitable mission through our network of 208 schools in which over 90,000 pupils attend daily, 212 parishes and several hundred social justice initiatives. We seek to positively impact the lives of all members of society.

Our core values are Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Perseverance & Love.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do and as such we are looking for a Sacristan who is able to clearly demonstrate and evidence them


Application details

Our people are incredibly important to us, and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

To be considered for the role, please complete an online application. CVs will NOT be considered, therefore, please do not send them. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK. We reserve the right to remove the vacancy before closing date.

Equal Opportunities & Living Wage Statement:

The Diocese of Westminster is an Equal Opportunities and accredited Living Wage employer. To be successful, we aspire to be person centered at all times and place human dignity at our centre. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is best suited to the job, and we welcome applications from all communities and underrepresented groups, regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age and gender. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We strive to take a holistic approach to the development of our people so that we may better serve and empower the mission of our Church as ministered by the parishes, deaneries, schools and communities that we support. Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity.

We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our organisation, share a sense of belonging and demonstrate our values. With this in mind, we positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion at the Diocese of Westminster and place it at the heart of our aim which is to reflect and connect with the diverse communities that we serve.

Actions we take to provide equality of opportunity for all candidates include:

  • We anonymise application forms during our shortlisting process to ensure that candidates are assessed without any consideration of their name, gender or background.
  • As part of this anonymisation, we don’t take into consideration where candidates studied, or the method of that study e.g. full-time, part-time or distance learning.
  • We apply a consistent approach to our question setting across our applications and interviews to ensure that everyone is assessed against the identified values, competencies and job requirements.
  • Our values are important to us and as such we use a scoring framework that marks candidates based on values, behaviours and competencies.
  • We provide guidance and brief all our interviewers throughout the selection processes in recruitment best-practice to mitigate against any potential for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.
  • Whenever possible we will have multiple interviewers when assessing each candidate to ensure marking is accurate and fair.
  • We ensure all our assessment venues are accessible. We offer alternative formats of our application forms to encourage applicants with disabilities or who require reasonable adjustments to perform at their best.
  • We will work together with candidates with a disability or health condition to implement reasonable adjustments to enable them to feel comfortable and strive during the assessment process.