Catholic Life

Archbishop opens new era at St Patrick’s

The Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nichols launched a week of celebrations marking the long-awaited opening of the prominent London church

The long-awaited re-opening of the celebrated London church St Patrick’s, Soho Square, took place last week.

Celebrations began on Tuesday May 31 with a Solemn Mass presided over by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. The celebrations continued throughout the week with Vespers presided over by Bishop James Conley of Denver, the premiere of a new choral work by James MacMillan and an address by George Weigel.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: “I’m delighted to be able to re-open the church of St Patrick’s, Soho Square, after this marvellous work of renewal. This is a parish with a long and varied history in the life of the diocese and it has witnessed many changes in its 220 years. The sacrifices and prayers of many have built up this parish to its present strength.

“I am very grateful to all those who have made this restoration possible. We need to pray for its future: that it may continue to serve those who cross its threshold in the years to come.”