The 41st Black Santa Sit-Out is underway at Belfast Cathedral. Dean-Elect, Archdeacon Stephen Forde joined the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, and the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Rev Harold Miller for the launch on the steps of St Anne’s.
Archdeacon Forde was wearing L Plates to indicate he is a Black Santa in training! He will be installed as Dean on 4th February 2018.
There were many donations big and small on the first day. These included a gift of £950 from the British Deer Society’s NI Branch. It was raised at a Gala Banquet organised in partnership with the Ulster Reform Club.
A little bit of history was made on Tuesday when Mr Robert Kay became the first Lay Canon of St Anne’s Cathedral to take part in the Black Santa Sit-out. Mr Kay, from Agherton Parish, Portstewart, and Mrs Mytle Kay of Clonallon and Warrenpoint with Kilbroney Parish, were installed as the Cathedral’s first ever Lay Canons back in January.
The weather has been mild and so far dry. This has meant a steady flow of passers-by stopping to drop off money. This year’s Sit-out is unique in that there is no Dean of St Anne’s to carry the Sit-out. However, the Cathedral’s dedicated Chapter and Clergy are ensuring the 41st Sit-Out goes ahead as usual.
The Belfast Telegraph is running a Black Santa Diary every day this week. So pick up a copy and read the thoughts of some of those taking part on the joys – and challenges – of being part of the Black Santa team.
Entry to the Cathedral is completely FREE for the duration of the Black Santa Sit-out. Please call by, make a donation, and take a look around. Make sure you don’t miss the beautiful Nativity scene!
The 41st Black Santa Sit-Out is underway at Belfast Cathedral.
If you can’t make it to the Cathedral, Black Santa will welcome online donations. You can make your donation by clicking this link.