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A History of Penzance RC Church

early information is taken from a booklet written by Father Christopher Smith,
to celebrate 150 years of Catholicism in Penzance, 1843 to 1993.

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The Growth of Christianity in Cornwall

Post Reformation Cornwall

Father William Young

Building the Church

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Re-establishing the Mission

Canon John Rutherford Shortland

Canon Thomas Courtenay

Canon Bernard Wade

Canon George Cantell

Post-War years

The Convents

Schools in the Parish

Some Mass Centres served from Penzance

Priests in Penzance


Fr. Cormac Breathnach

Fr. PJ Kelly

Canon Philip Dyson

2008: 'The Holy Family Parish' 

'The Catholic Church in Penzance: A History 1843-2018' by Anne Shipman, 100 pages, £15 contact office

2020-2022: Building the new North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and parish facilities

Penzance Catholic Church is a Grade II listed church, see information on the National Churches Trust website.

The "Taking Stock" website also has a detailed article about our Church construction history.

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Books consulted by Father Christopher Smith for his work on the history of the Parish.

  • Butler, T. Saint Nicholas of Myra Church, Kinsealy.

  • Denny, Vincent O.M.I. Reaching Out.

  • Graham, Bishop Charles. A history of the Plymouth Diocese.

  • John, Catherine Rachel. The Saints of Cornwall.

  • Pool, P.A.S. The History of the Town and Borough of Penzance.

  • Rees, Edgar. Old Penzance.

  • Ronan, Myles V. An Apostle of Catholic Dublin.

  • Whitehead, Ambrose C.R.L. 100 years in Cornwall

  • Penzance Parish Records.

  • Plymouth Diocesan Archives.

  • Plymouth Diocesan Record - 1922 to 1939.

  • Plymouth Diocesan Year Book - 1957 to 1993.


History pages are under construction. Last update April 2022 (code, layout, links) - ê¿ê

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