This summer we are pleased to have two young people in the congregation serve as our summer tour guides for July and August – Isabelle Gaudet and Keely Rutter.
Isabelle and Keely began their work at the beginning of July after having been trained by the Cathedral Verger, Hank Williams. They will be in at the Cathedral, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for guided tours until August 31. Tours are offered in both official languages (no small feat!). Comments by our visitors indicate they are doing more than just an outstanding job.
Besides the tours of the Christ Church Cathedral , they are also there to help tourists with information about other things to see in Fredericton, other historically significant features, great restaurants to visit, etc. They also help out with hospitality at the Friday noon-hour recital series.
We are indeed fortunate to have such talented young women as guides this year.
When asked for their opinion of their job, comments ranged from “It’s very interesting and fun,” to “I enjoy so much meeting people from all over the world.” We are indeed fortunate to have such talented young women as guides this year.
While some tourists arrive at the the Cathedral door with at least some knowledge of New Brunswick history and maybe even knowledge of the religious history of the Province, others enter into an entirely new and unknown world of our local past. Christ Church Cathedral and the influence of Bishop John Medley, who envisioned it, is “a profound and foundational component of our NB heritage,” said Dean Geoffrey Hall.
“As the Christian Church would seem to be losing its place and prominence in contemporary society, it is an even more important ministry of the proclamation of the Good News to maintain this visible sign of the place of God in our human story. And even more importantly, that we have these doors open to all: the faithful, the inquisitive, the seeker and the curious.”