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Section based on the booklet by Father Christopher Smith, written to celebrate 150 years of Catholicism in Penzance, 26th October 1843 to 1993. Pictures from the booklet and an update to the present day (2008 onwards 'Holy Family Parish') may be added to each section. Copies of the booklet may still be available contact link

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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

Fr. Philip Dyson


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.


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