Wednesday, 18 July 2018

FSSP Shrine in Warrington Campaign

St Mary's Shrine in Warrington, where the FSSP Fathers are based in Liverpool Archdiocese has the opportunity to buy back the building that were sold off when the church was still run by the Benedictines. I hope that they can manage to raise the funds... £1.5 million!

There is a splendid church there and the place seems to be thriving. Its town centre location perhaps helping, as it is run as a shrine rather than a parish with geographical territory. The Fathers work very hard and get a good congregation - weekdays as well as Sunday.

Once buildings have been sold off, it is usually impossible to retrieve them for the Faith. The rather ungenerous house there, built in the 1980's in what was the garden, is not a great place for a community and shrine, with nowhere for all the activities any church needs to survive and build up spiritual, educational and financial programmes.

You can access their facebook page here:
and their website here:

The Rector, Fr de Mallery writes:


Dear Friends, we have three months to raise £1.5m and buy back the former Priory and St Mary’s School next door to St Mary's Shrine in Warrington (total Net Internal Area of 1,383.19 Sq m or 14,891 Sq ft.)

This is a unique opportunity to endow St Mary’s with the space we urgently need: parish hall, music room, clergy offices, and classrooms. In addition, a pro-life office, a publishing company, a vestments-sewing workshop and accommodation for retreatants could be added.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, SPUC Chairman and 40 Days for Life Director, and more:

“I am glad to support the Priory Project in Warrington. At a time when many sacred buildings are converted to secular use, St Mary’s retained its original purpose when the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter saved that beautiful Pugin church from closure. A sure indicator of a strong Catholic identity: four young priests were ordained at St Mary’s over the past three years. More space is now needed around St Mary’s Church for pastoral activities. Acquiring the former Priory buildings next to the church would answer that urgent need. I am honoured to support the Priory Campaign of fundraising.
Signed: Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP – on 3rd July 2018”

“In July 2015, I invited the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to come to the archdiocese of Liverpool and to have responsibility for St Mary’s Church, Warrington. It has now become a centre for the celebration of the extraordinary form of Mass and the sacraments. I am very pleased that such a beautiful church remained open for divine worship and provides a spiritual home for many. As the local Ordinary, I have ordained four priests at St Mary’s Church over the past three years, and I have twice conferred the sacrament of Confirmation. I eagerly support the Priory Campaign which will secure for St Mary’s Shrine the space needed for their increasing pastoral activities. 
Signed: Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool – 12 July 2018”

‘The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in this country and especially in Warrington has demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of vulnerable human beings. The Priory Project at St Mary’s Warrington includes a dedicated pro-life space with pro-life literature, counselling and prayer. To help rebuild a culture of life in our country, I very much hope that the Priory Campaign will be successful.
Signed: Robin Haig – SPUC Chairman; Robert Colquhoun, 40 Days for Life’s international campaigns director'

Christianity is in peril worldwide, and ‘almost vanquished’ in the UK and Ireland, to quote the late Head of the Catholic Church in Great Britain, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor ten years ago. What would he say nowadays? Against such odds, our priestly Fraternity does its little best to help restore the reign of Christ. The Priory Campaign is not essentially about money and buildings. Important as those are, they are means to an end. The Priory Campaign is about souls. The Priory Campaign is about rolling up our sleeves to foster the reign of Christ. The Priory Campaign is about being creative, daring and proactive to implant a multifaceted Catholic hub, here in the North West of England. The Priory Campaign is about bringing together the skills and talents of many, to inspire, to enthuse, to empower. 
This is why we appeal not only to those in our pews, but also to those watching us daily through our LiveMass channel, and to anyone interested in a Catholic shift from ‘manage decline’ to ‘love the village’ (and ultimately ‘Rebuild the Kingdom’). The St Mary’s compound in Warrington could literally become the core of such a village, as described in The Village Option article (cf Dowry Magazine #36, Winter 2017 ( 
A village is neither a fortress nor a ghetto. It is a place a convivial dwelling on a human scale. Whereas taking as our model the New Jerusalem might be slightly too ambitious (!), we modestly aim for ‘A Nazareth in Lancashire’ – a place where families and individuals will like to live, growing in sanctity around a beautiful church with daily Mass, confessions, homilies, catechism and direction.

The Priory Campaign is not a dream. It is an aspiration based on objective assets. Which are they?

• As you know, we have a beautiful Pugin church in good structural repair. 
• We have talented musician and dedicated parishioners. 
• We have a growing network of supporters via LiveMass ( they pray with us every day and they value the recollection and beauty of the liturgy, as well as the daily homilies. 
• We have dedicated and well trained priests serving here, currently four of us: Fr Armand de Malleray, Fr Konrad Loewenstein, Fr Ian Verrier and Fr Seth Phipps. 
• We have a very supportive Archbishop: Archbishop McMahon of Liverpool came three times over the past three years to ordain four priests: Fr Matthew Jolly (4 July 2015, for the archdiocese); Fr Krzysztof Sanetra; Fr Alex Stewart and last month Fr Seth Phipps (all of them for the FSSP). 
• We have legal ownership of this building, which confers utmost stability to our ministry and justifies a long term project such as the Priory Campaign.
• We are growing: While sadly seminaries, monasteries and convents are closing down all across the country, our little Fraternity is growing. On 18th July we will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of our foundation. From 12 founders on 18 July 1988, we are now 437 clerics serving in 129 diocese on 4 continents. Last week our fourth superior general was elected, Fr Andrzej Komorowski, and his council, securing stability for the next six years. In addition, our Fraternity in England ordained one priest per year. Mainstream Catholic media now affirm that what we offer is part of the solution for the future of the Church over here.

Why did the giant Swedish flatpack furniture firm choose Warrington to open their very first store in the UK, 30 years ago? Not because of our Fraternity, since we didn't exist yet... 'Let’s move to Warrington, Cheshire: ‘It's where the canny live' - says The Guardian:…/lets-move-to-warrington-chesh…. 
With 2.5 million working age people living within a 30 minute drive, Warrington has the largest catchment of any city outside the M25. As a result Warrington ranked third in terms of highest business growth, bettered only by London and Aberdeen. Warrington was acknowledged as the number one “city” in the UK for high growth small businesses, housing the highest proportion of high growth firms at 15.8% compared to the national average of 11.8%.
House prices are still less than half than in the South East.
Warrington, with a resident population of 210,000 is a large town (Unitary Authority) located some 20 miles west of Manchester and approximately 15 miles east of Liverpool. The town has excellent communication links by road, rail and air. St Mary’s (Church and Priory WA1 2NS) are located ½ mile east of Warrington Town Centre in the commercial hinterland of the main business district.

We already have £300.000 pledged. It is one fifth of the £1.5 million needed. Just as we expect this project to benefit souls even at a distance from Warrington, we seek support from far and wide, not only among our local congregation. Admittedly, £1.5 million is a lot of money. But in London one would just get a studio or a very small flat for that amount. It is worth investing here. 
Unlike other Church institutions though, we are poor. This is mostly due to the fact that we are merely eighteen years old in England, having only been established canonically in the UK in 2000. We have not yet had a generation of benefactors leaving their estate to us. The only one who did provided lasting financial stability for our first apostolate in the South. God bless her soul. 
But we have...
• Time-proven tools of sanctification. 
• Families and individuals increasingly eager to benefit from our ministry. 
• One priest from the UK ordained every year.

Please help us. Speak to your friends about this historic opportunity, and pray for generous benefactors. Please help us build a strong Catholic community around St Mary’s, to secure a confident future for every soul and to provide inspiration for all who seek the kingdom of God and His justice. May Our Blessed Lady guide and protect this initiative.

Kindly donate online here:
Please always specify: 'Priory Campaign'
God bless you!

Contact Fr Rector:

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Ss Peter and Paul

Masses for the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul
Friday 29th June

9.30am: Mass (said OF)

7pm: Missa Cantata (EF)

Before anyone comments, his cope is white rather than red because even I do not have a full set of miniature copes for the smaller statue!

We will be making the traditional Dedication of England to St Peter at the end of Mass.

O Blessed Prince of Apostles, 
Vicar of Christ, 
Shepherd of the whole flock, 
Rock on whom the Church is built,
we thank the Prince of Pastors,
who in the ages of Faith, 
did bind this country
so sweetly and strongly to thee
and to that holy See of Rome
from which her conversion came.
We praise and bless our Lord
for those steadfast Confessors
who laid down their lives for thy honour and prerogative
in the hour when schism and heresy broke upon the land.
We desire to revive the zeal,
the devotion and the love of ancient days.
We consecrate our country,
as far as in us lies,
fervently and lovingly to thee.
We offer thee our homage.
We renew our loyalty to the Pontiff, thy successor,
who now fills the Apostolic See.
Do thou confirm and strengthen,
by thy powerful intercession,
the faith of the Pastors and people who invoke thee,
save us from apostasy,
from disunion, from religious indifference,
and from the losses to which ignorance 
and temptation expose our little flock. 
O most sincere and most humble penitent,
obtain for us tears of true repentance for our sins,
and a strong personal love
for our Divine Master; 
O Key-bearer of the Heavenly Kingdom,
open to us the gate of Heaven,
that we may enter into the joy of the King of Glory.
Remember this realm of England,
which grew in grace and unity
under thy blessed apostolic influence
for nigh a thousand years.
Pray to Jesus that all may see the 
and be Drought back to thy Fold,
which is the One Fold of Christ.


V. Thou art Peter.
R. And upon this rock I will build My Church.

Let us pray.

Raise us up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, 
by the apostolic might of Thy blessed Apostle, Peter; 
that the weaker we are in ourselves, 
the more powerful may be the assistance 
whereby we are strengthened through his intercession; 
that thus, ever fortified by the protection of Thine 
we may never yield to sin 
nor be overwhelmed by adversity. 
Through Christ our Lord.


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Improve your theology of the Blessed Eucharist

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Eucharistic Conferences 11-14 June 
‘Ego Eimi – It is I’ (John 6:51)

A series of conferences on the Most Holy Eucharist by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, at St Mary's Shrine Church in Warrington, England, in preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool (7-9 Sept. 2018). Each 40-min conference starts at 7:00pm GMT and will be broadcasted live on, and on demand on the same channel.

• Monday 11 June: Transubstantiation: how the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ occur under the externals of bread and wine. Watch it here 
• Tuesday 12 June: Concomitance: how Christ’s Blood also is in the Host, and His Body also in the Chalice. W
atch it here:  
• Wednesday 13 June: Fragments: why each of them is Christ, and how to treasure them. Watch it here: 
• Thursday 14 June: Gradation of the modes of presence of God in His creation: how God’s presence is supreme in the Holy Eucharist. Watch it here

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Fr Seth Phipps FSSP Ordination

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool celebrated Pontifical High Mass for the Ordination of Deacon Seth Phipps to the sacred Priesthood at the Shrine of St Mary in Warrington, Lancashire last Saturday. The Shrine is run by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. It is the second year that the Archbishop has celebrated ordinations there and only the second time ordinations have been conducted in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite in Great Britain in the last 50 years.

Before Mass stars the Archbishop prays at the Lady Chapel.

Seeing once again the full glory of the Mass in the context of our beautiful and noble traditions reminded me of the breadth of inspiration that the Faith has been in the arts.
Music  -  architecture  -  sculpture  -  art  -  vestments  -  poetry.
All so readily available to us as part of our heritage and a gift to the world and to civilization but sadly so often dismissed in these days. Putting our God-given talents to use in the glory of God and the inspiration of our neighbour is surely such a great service to bolstering our own faith and evangelising others.

The Ordinand, Seth Phipps, trained at the FSSP American Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. He hails from the South West of England and holds a doctorate in Classics from Oxford.

Archbishop Malcolm addresses the ordinand and the congregation.

The Litany of Saints.

The ordinand's hands are bound in service to Almighty God.

When the chasuble is first placed on the newly ordained, it is folded up, only being released at the end of the Mass as the newly ordained is sent out too minister in God's Church.

His Grace, the Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon, O. P.
The Archbishop of Liverpool.

The Sacred Ministers and servers.

The giving of First Blessings by the new priest.
We give thanks to God for another priest to serve His Church and continue to pray for vocations.

You can access many more photographs of the occasion at:

Photographs used here with the kind permission of

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Corpus Christi Mass

Missa Cantata 
for the 
Feast of Corpus Christi.

Light refreshments 
in the Pope John Paul Room to follow.

We will also be keeping it on Sunday.

8.30am - said Mass

10am - Solemn Mass

11.30am Low Mass (EF)

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Summer Conference at Chavagnes College

Europe and the Faith : 
an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference
30th July to 3rd August 2018

Joseph Pearce will be the Keynote Speaker  -  “The Catholic vision of JRR Tolkien”  -  at the Summer Conference in Chavagnes, France, this year. Now in its third year, the Conference has proved to be a lively and interesting event in a convivial atmosphere, with daily Mass and visits to local places of Catholic interest. 

Although in France (Nantes is the nearest airport) the Conference talks take place in English (which is also the language in which the College and Studium teach their secondary and tertiary students.)

JOSEPH PEARCE is a senior fellow at The Cardinal Newman Society and editor of its journal. He is a senior contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and senior editor at the Augustine Institute. Up until recently, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee he was previously on the staff of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire,  Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. His books include biographical works on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton, Wilde, Solzhenitsyn and Belloc. He is a visiting professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.

Pontifical High Mass from one of the previous Conferences.

"A man’s view of himself is not an “aspect:” it is a comprehension. Now then, so it is with us who are of the Faith and the great story of Europe. A Catholic as he reads that story does not grope at it from without, he understands it from within. He cannot understand it altogether because he is a finite being; but he is also that which he has to understand. The Faith is Europe and Europe is the Faith.”                                                                                                                                              Hilare Belloc

You can find out more about the Conference (which is very reasonably priced and will also provide transport to and from Nantes Airport) - as well as an online booking form at:

The College is set in the beautiful countryside of the French Vendée.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider speaking at a previous Conference.

The Little Office of Our Lady being sung in the Baudouin Chapel.

A convivial evening in the gardens.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pilgrimage for the English Martyrs

It was a beautiful sunny day for the pilgrims walking from St Walburge's to the Shrine of the English Martyrs in Preston yesterday. I walked with the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King along with a small group of parishioners from the parish here at St Catherine's.

The procession was led by a bier on which was carried relics of the martyrs.

The witness of the English and Welsh Martyrs should be a great inspiration to us today to give witness to the Faith. Among other things, they gave their lives for the celebration of the Mass, which seems to sit so lightly with so many Catholics today. Of course, the manner of celebrating the Mass needs to reflect its dignity, power and the glorious sacrifice of Calvary. When its celebrated in a way that doesn't speak of that, we can hardly expect people to think of dying for it, let alone giving up their Sunday shopping or the football to attend it. Fortunately, the Mass yesterday spoke of all that it should be to inspire our wonder.

Some of the Sisters from the newly established convent also walked with us - 
and sang beautifully at the Mass.

Great witness to the Faith walking through the streets of Preston.

Arriving at the Shrine.



The Altar to the English Martyrs.

Wonderful  photographs 
used with kind permission of Michael Durnam.

It was lovely to hear the Sisters singing at the Mass, as well as the Octavius singers.
Organist David Scott-Thomas treated to a magnificent rendition of Vierne's Westminster Carillon at the end, while everyone came to the altar rails to venerate the relics.

A version here to listen to.