Cardinal Vincent Nichols has announced a new diocesan shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary at St Dominic’s Priory, Haverstock Hill. He will officially inaugurate the shrine at a Mass on October 22.
The church was designed and built with a side chapel representing each decade of the original 15 mysteries. In the Lady Chapel is a representation of Our Lady giving the Rosary to St Dominic.
Cardinal Nichols said: “I am pleased that we now have a shrine dedicated specifically to the Rosary. It is a fitting complement to the shrine of Our Lady of Willesden.”
The church also houses a large replica of the Lourdes Grotto, making it a pilgrimage destination, particularly for the faithful who might not otherwise be able to visit the shrine at Lourdes.
Fr Thomas Skeats OP, prior and parish priest, said: “This is a particularly Dominican contribution to the life of the diocese and especially felicitous during this year when we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Order.”
A programme of events will be planned for the coming year to encourage many of the faithful to visit. Those wishing to attend the inauguration Mass are asked to contact the Prior at [email protected] to register their interest.