On Friday, 17th March, St Patrick’s Day, Bishop Marcus Bishop of Leeds joined with the St. Pio Friary – Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to celebrated Mass at St Patrick’s Mission, (Sedgefield Terrace, Westgate, Bradford BD1 2RU) in honour of the Patron Saint of Ireland, in the oldest Catholic church in Bradford’s city centre.
Opened in 1853, the church was built by Irish immigrants who had fled from the potato famine. To this day, it’s believed that more Irish people have immigrated to the city than any other group. As well as celebrating the history and heritage of Catholic Bradford, the newly-launched Friends of St Patrick’s Mission are raising funds to help support the work of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who have refurbished the presbytery and convent on site as their Friary and from where they run a dining room and clothes-swap visited by around 80 homeless people each day.
The Friends enjoy the Bishop’s full support and encouragement to re-establish St Patrick’s Mission as a centre for evangelisation and a place of worship and of retreat. The aim is to raise enough money to open St Patrick’s Mission Church permanently to serve the residents, shoppers and workers that live in or visit Bradford city centre.
Photographs from St Patrick’s Mission, Bradford
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