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History

St Joseph's History Timeline

1920's

  • 1923 - The Land for St Joseph's was purchased and Archbishop Keating laid the first Foundation stone on 23rd September.
  • 1924 - First Foundation of Sisters of Charity of St Paul (Selly Park).
  • 1926 - Fr Lonergan became the first resident Priest.
  • 1928 - Fr Roche first official Parish Priest.
  • 1929 - First wedding on 5th March & First Baptism on March 7th.

1930's

  • 1930- First Confirmation with Bishop Dobson.
  • 1932 - Fr McCabe became Parish Priest.
  • 1934 - The Sisters of Charity returned to the parish and started a school at the Woodlands.
  • 1937 - The Parish Centre had an extension.
  • 1938 - The present Presbytery was built.
  • 1939 - Fr Faulkner became Parish Priest.

1940's

  • 1947 - Fr Dawson became Parish Priest
  • 1949 - Present Stations of the Cross were erected

1950's

  • 1953 - Fr Murphy became Parish Priest. During his time Planned Giving was introduced.

1960's

  • 1963 - The church was extended by putting on the west Transept. Archbishop Heenan opens the West transept of the church and St Joseph's primary school was opened. 
  • 1965 - The Sisters of Charity moved to a new convent in Larch Avenue. 

1970's

  • 1972 - St Vincent’s School was opened & Canon Mullane became Parish Priest.
  • 1973 - Fr Byrne became Assistant Priest
  • 1974 - Fr Calderbank became Assistant Priest.
  • 1977 - Fr Carroll became Assistant Priest.

1980's

  • 1980 - Fr Eagleton became Parish Priest.
  • 1981 - Archbishop Worlock opens the church’s East transept. St Gregory’s school opened.
  • 1982 - Fr Grogan became Assistant Priest.
  • 1984 - Fr Caddell became Assistant Priest.
  • 1986 - Calvary Shrine was erected for Canon Mullane’s Ruby Jubilee
  • 1987 - Tommy Gates & John McClure were ordained Deacon. Fr McShane became Assistant Priest

1990's

  • 1990 -Monsignor J Butchard became Parish Priest. Canon Mullane Centre opened.
  • 1991 - Lourdes Grotto was erected for Monsignor Butchard’s Silver Jubilee. Fr Walsh became Asst Priest.
  • 1992 - Fr Simon Henry  became Assistant Priest
  • 1993 - Death of Rev Tommy Gates Parish Deacon
  • 1994 - New UCM banner made by Margaret Taylor’s daughter Marie. Fr M Thompson became Assistant Priest.
  • 1995 - John Traynor was ordained Deacon.
  • 1996 - Sisters of Charity leave the school and move to Westbrook Crescent.
  • 1997 - Fr Abbs became Assistant Priest.
  • 1998 - 75th Celebration of the church’s Foundation

2000's

  • 2000 - Fr Joe Bibby became Parish Priest.
  • 2004 - Bishop Patrick Kelly consecrated the church in April. Fr Richard Ebo became Parish Priest in September.
  • 2017 - Fr Malcolm Prince became Parish Priest.
  • 2018 - Fr John Schofield became Parish Priest.
  • 2019 - Fr Mark Drew became Assistant Priest.

St Joseph's History Timeline

Image Gallery

Norma Reading Marriage 27 May 1961 4
1987 Tom Gates Ordained
R Machin V M Burke 1958
Fr Mallone Bus
First Communion May 1994 2
1964 Archbishop Heenan Visit Copy
1991 Blessing Of Lourdes Grotto
Penketh Walking Day 1994
Forty Years A Priest 1986
Archbishop Heenan  Visit 1964
1994 Penketh Walking Day
1994 Monsignor J Buchard  UCM
1995 Walking Day
27 May 1961
30th April 2004
St Josephs Consecration 2004
Fr J Bibby 2004
Calvery Shrine
First Communion 24062000
First Communion May 1994
First Communion 24 June 2000

Newspaper images courtesy of 'The Warrgington Guardian'

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