On a cold winter day in 2008, a little stray cat came across the Southwark Cathedral, London. The kitty was soon given a warm and cozy place, and she lived in the church thereafter.
After that, the feline named Doorkins Magnificat became an important part of the church community. He received the love of both the visitors and clergy. According to Dean Andrew Nunn, the little cat makes the church ‘softer, gentler, and more accessible for the thousands.’ The feline has even met the Queen and has fallen asleep in her majesty’s favorite spot at the time of her arrival.
However, Doorkins Magnificat took it last breath on the 30th of September. To commemorate the passing away of the cat who was loved and adored by everyone, Southwark held an entire memorial service. Doorkins was laid to rest in the churchyard. The Dean conducted a heart-touching obituary for the deceased feline, thanking God for “giving us such companions out of your good creation.”
After the stray cat stumbled upon the Southwark Cathedral twelve years ago, the Vergers started to feed her every morning. Eventually, the kitty became inseparable from the church and got her magnificent name as well. During the winter season, Doorkins would fall asleep in her favorite places. She can be spotted stretching out on the radiator or snuggling into hay during Advent.
According to the website of Southwark Cathedral, Doorkins can sometimes be spotted walking in front of the altar during services. At certain times, she would fall asleep on the Dean’s stall in the choir, or nap in the Churchyard if the sun is out.
The church even published a book featuring Doorkins in 2017, and she was also featured on the church’s postcards. In this website dedicated to Magnificat’s memories, you can find endearing stories and pictures submitted from those who remember Doorkins.
Watch The Memorial Service For Doorkins Below
This little feline’s story serves as proof of how much love a stary animal can bring to a community. Commenting on her unfortunate loss, Rev. Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark, remarked: “She met Her Majesty The Queen and was present at more services than most of us. She was photographed by thousands of people and had a book written about her. She has been a blessing to us in so many ways. We will miss her.”
Here’s What People Had To Say About Doorkins
More info: SouthwarkCathedral.org.uk