Restoration and renewal in the heart of Bradford

Our Grants Officer, Peter Mojsa, joined a crowd of 500 people at the inaugural Mass and re-opening of St Patrick’s Mission Church in Bradford last week.

A partnership between the Diocese of Leeds and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, St Patrick’s seeks to create a culture of Catholic spiritual renewal and missionary outreach in Bradford’s city centre.

The Friars have been living at St Patrick’s since 2005. They use the presbytery as their friary, while the convent is used for their work of sharing the Good News and mission to serve people experiencing poverty and homelessness in the city. Their life and work was featured in the 2017 BBC One documentary, “From Bronx to Bradford: Friars on a Mission.”

In June, Allchurches Trust gave a grant of £11,000 towards interior works as part of the church’s major restoration project undertaken over the last few years. This major capital investment into the oldest surviving Catholic church in Bradford means St Patrick’s will again take its place as the spiritual and social heart of outreach in central Bradford.

Peter said: “Because of its central location, St Patrick’s is ideally situated to be a place of renewed investment in sharing the Good News and providing a pastoral presence in the inner city of Bradford. It is a place that offers welcome, friendship and a place to rest.”

Bishop Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, said: “This place looked tired. Now it is going to be beautiful again. We are not just going to step back into the darkness quietly.”

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