St Mary's Church was founded in 1780 by Fr Oswald Eaves and for many years the Parish has been served by Benedictine Monks from Ampleforth Abbey. It was announced earlier in the year that the Ampleforth Benedictines would be leaving the Parish and handing over responsibility for the Parish to the Diocese of Salford. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Fr George, who has been our Parish Priest for 5 years and wish him well in his new post. We are very grateful to Fr Colin and Fr Bernard who served the Parish, until the arrival of our new Parish Priest.
On Sunday 27 November Fr Mark Harold was appointed as the new Parish Priest of St Mary's Brownedge. Fr Mark is a priest of Salford Diocese who has been in parishes in Bury, Manchester and Rochdale. For the past eight years he has been the Vice Rector of the English College in Rome helping to prepare students for the priesthood.
"I'm really looking forward to becoming part of this community. The Benedictines have served the people of Bamber Bridge so well for nearly three centuries and there is a great Catholic tradition here, not least in the presence of our Catholic schools. Our children are a treasure who we must care for and nourish, helping them to grow in love for God and his people. I will do all I can to support our schools and our families. I look forward to getting to know you all and may God bless you".
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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