All over the world, pets have the gift of becoming full members of our families in less time, it doesn’t take much to say it. Many will testify: the loss of a cat or a dog is particularly devastating as it brings happiness and life to the home. In London, Southwark Cathedral has just experienced the death of a cat who lived in the church for many years and held a commemoration in her honor

Beloved Stray Cat Given Memorial Service at Church She Called Home for 12 Years
Crédit : Bridget Davey


And for good reason, since his arrival in 2008, the feline was perfectly integrated with people regularly present in the sacred place. From the faithful to the men of faith to simple visitors, all knew the animal from near and far. In 12 years of life spent in this cathedral located in the center of the English capital, the cat named “Doorkins” had been able to be appreciated by everyone, both for her sweetness and for her little face. So much so that over the years she had even become the real mascot of the Southwark neighborhood.

Stray Cat Given Memorial Service in Cathedral Where She Lived for 12 Years

Unfortunately, as in humans, the older the age, the more health problems arise. And Doorkins was no exception. On September 30, Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of the Cathedral, announced his death in a very touching letter, in which he described, among other things, his arrival in the London Church. “From her first steps in the building, she is appropriate. She adored sacred spaces and every once in a while she would explore every corner for other places to spend time, ”he said. He also says that during his visit to Southwark Cathedral, Doorkins had the opportunity to meet many important figures such as the Queen of England.


Many health problems


In 2017, Doorkins’ health began to deteriorate. The cat initially suffered from kidney complications which reduced her mobility. She later lost much of her hearing and was eventually stricken with blindness. These health concerns are quite common in cats and dogs whose bodies are weakened. Unable to live alone and independently during these last months of life, she had found refuge with Paul Timms, the sacristan of the cathedral. On September 30, 2020, she had a stroke and died in the latter’s arms.

Stray Cat Given Memorial Service in Cathedral Where She Lived for 12 Years
Crédit : Bridget Davey

Without hesitation, the local diocese decided to pay a strong and sincere tribute to Doorkins, the cat who had accompanied them in their daily lives for more than a decade. For this, a funeral ceremony was organized. If only 30 people could attend due to restrictions due to the coronavirus health crisis, it’s a safe bet that the building would have been fully under other conditions as she was loved by all. In fact, the video recording of the ceremony, posted on YouTube (see below) has already been viewed more than 23,000 times, testifying to the great void Doorkins leaves.