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Building Fisher House’s New Altar

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

A new stone altar, lectern, and holy water stoup completed the renovation of the Chapel of St John Fisher at Fisher House, Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy. The new altar, which also contains a reliquary, would be consecrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool, on Sunday 31 May 2015, the Solemnity of the Moly Holy Trinity.

The collection of photos above documents the journey towards the new altar. You can click each photo to expand it. Try to spot some of the steps involved in its construction:

  • A template is laid out on the Sanctuary, indicating where the wood is to be cut through to the concrete platform upon which the altar will stand.

  • Aidan Hart, the designer of the altar, assembles one of the columns with Matthew, his stone cutter.

  • The base of the altar arrives into the Chapel, ready to be lifted into position by the gantry.

  • Martin carves the consecration crosses into the altar.


This collection of photos was originally published from January to March 2015 on Facebook as a series of posts and albums (A, B, C) by Mgr Mark Langham, Chaplain at Fisher House. In July 2022, it was edited and republished as a blogpost by Matteo Baccaglini, Pastoral Assistant.

Fr Mark Langham was the much-loved Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge from 2013 to 2021. He had formerly been Administrator at Westminster Cathedral and spent five years on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. Fr Mark passed away on 15 January 2021.

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