The Very Rev. Leighton Lee, Dean and Rector
Phone: 403-269-1905 x111
The Very Rev. Leighton Lee was appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in 2006 and was subsequently appointed Rector in 2009. In February 2016, he was installed as fourteenth Dean of Calgary. He previously worked in rural ministry as Assistant Curate in the Highwood Parish, which is centred around the town of High River, 60 kilometres south of Calgary.
The Rev. Helen Belcher, Interim Assistant to the Dean
Although officially retired, she has had interim work in several communities across Calgary, most recently at Prince of Faith Lutheran church. She and her husband were ordained 30 years ago in the Peace River district, and during her first assignment in Calgary they lived at T’suu T’ina where, she says, “for a few years [we were] walking with a people who generously shared with us their rich cultural heritage.” She helped establish an art studio at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the west. This studio was “designed to enable the exploration of spiritual depth…It remains to this day a rich addition to the community.”
The Rev. Canon Dr. Cyril Challice, Honorary Assistant
The Rev. Canon Dr. Cyril Challice is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Calgary. He served at the Cathedral as a Lay Reader from 1963 until 1980, when the congregation asked that he might be considered for ordination, a proposal supported by both the then Dean and Bishop. He was ordained Deacon in 1980, and priest in 1981, and made a Canon in 1987. He has served as Honorary Assistant Priest at the Cathedral since then, except for a period from 1990 to 2002 when the Bishop sent him to Saint Mark’s Church. He is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.
Dr. Neil Cockburn, Director of Music
Phone: 403-269-1905 x117
International prize-winning organist Dr. Neil Cockburn is Director of Music at the Cathedral. Celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, he performs an all-encompassing spectrum of solo organ recitals on a wide range of instrument types, from all-Bach recitals on historically inspired organs, to symphonic programmes on romantic instruments, and concerts of entirely new works.