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Canon Philip Dyson

'The Holy Family Parish'
Penzance + St. Ives + Hayle, in Penwith, West Cornwall + St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.

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Father Philip was previously at Weymouth parish in Dorset and became parish priest at Penzance from September 2007 until 31st March 2008.

On the 1st April 2008, the former "Penzance with the Isles of Scilly" parish and the former "St. Ives and Hayle parish" united as "The Holy Family parish". Fr. Philip was formally inducted as our Parish Priest on the 25th July 2008.


He was appointed an Honorary Canon of Plymouth Cathedral on 26th Oct 2018, at The Penzance Catholic Church 175th Anniversary Mass (photos)

In our newsletter of 4th November 2018 he said, " I imagine most of you will know by now that I was greatly honored by Bishop Mark who has appointed me an Honorary Canon of Plymouth Cathedral. I am deeply moved, and see it as an honour for our parish and the parishes in which I have served and in the diocese. I follow many faithful priests here who were Canon’s of the Cathedral, and realize that following Canon Shortland (31 years) and Canon Wade (40 years) I’m the next longest serving parish priest in this parish, now in my 12th year. I certainly won’t overtake them! "

video welcome to the Penzance Church from Father Philip ~ audio

Homilies by Fr. Philip

photo from a school mass video recorded for our primary school in December 2020 covid restrictions



LINK: Prayers for Priests, Vocations and Religious

"A priest is not born of an angel but of  a mother. He is chosen from amongst the  people, is anointed with the Sacrament of  Priesthood and returned back to the people,  to the Church - into their care, their prayer  and their love. The priest is a sign of the  omnipotence of our God. Pray for priests. Love them. Support them. Help them to be  holy. We are weak and fragile. If your knees  are not bent in prayer for us, we stumble and  fall. We need your prayer." ~ Fr. Jozo Zovko ofm

St. John Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars, said: If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I would greet the priest first and then the angel ... If there were no priest, the Passion and death of Jesus would serve no purpose.  What use is a treasure chest full of gold if there is no one who can unlock it?  The priest has the key to the treasures of Heaven."

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