Hodge presents... Stories of Cats

Cats Talk Special Event

Join us as we celebrate all things cat on what will be an a-meow-zing day!

Purr-fect for all cat lovers this day will include contributions from historians to feline behaviorist's. Join us as we celebrate all things cat on what will be an a-meow-zing day!

Please note that this event is in-person only taking place in the Cathedral library and spaces are limited.


Programme of speakers TBC

Hodge the Cathedral Cat

In September 2020, Doorkins Magnificat who had lived at Southwark Cathedral since 2008 passed away peacefully at her retirement home. Sometime before her passing, Southwark Cathedral were in touch with Catcuddles Sanctuary to explore the possibility of providing a 'loving home' for another cat that they may have been providing care for and looking to re-home.

Hodge was rescued in the summer of 2020, after being discovered on a street in Woolwich, South East London with a horrific growth on his face, a condition that his previous owners had neglected to seek veterinary treatment for.

Thankfully, he was surrendered into the care of Catcuddles so that he could begin urgent treatment at their North London cat clinic, and narrowly avoided the need for surgery to remove the growth. He has since made a full recovery.

Hodge is an extremely rambunctious, adventurous, and friendly cat. His official adoption date by the Cathedral is the 6 December, which in the Anglican tradition is considered the feast day of Saint Nicholas, a date for exchanging gifts. And what a gift he has been!

As was the case with Doorkins, when Hodge’s story began, no-one could have predicted that he would one day call such a beautiful, culturally and historically important building his home. His life has been transformed, from one of neglect and uncertainty to a life full of love and security, with the capacity to touch others, just as his predecessor did.


📸 Bridget Davey