Parish History

The Roman Catholic Parish of

Our Lady the Immaculate Conception,

Devizes, Wiltshire

The Roman Catholic Parish of

Our Lady the Immaculate Conception,

Devizes, Wiltshire

Parish History

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August - Mrs Rose Myers and Miss Patricia Kennedy each awarded the Benemerenti medal for services to the parish.



April - St Joseph's convent was sold and the nuns moved to a new convent in Park View.



April 23rd - Death of Fr Alexander Daley.

October - Mr Ian Saunders appointed Parish MC.



August 1st - Fr Martin Griffin appointed Parish Priest.

August 3rd - Fr Philip Baptiste appointed curate.



October - Fr Saji Mathew appointed curate.

Nov 7th - Fr Martin Griffin left.  Fr Philip Baptiste appointed Parish Priest.



November 26th - St Francis de Sales's Church closed.



September 1st - Fr Philip Baptiste left.  Fr Jean-Patrice Coulon appointed Parish Priest.



Spring - Fr Saji Mathew left.



September 10th - Parish Pilgrimage to Petersfield.

September 25th - The Bishop of Clifton, The Right Reverend Declan Lang, visited for 150th anniversary celebrations.  Mr Christopher Henley awarded the Gold Medal of the Guild of St Stephen for Altar Servers in recognition of over fifty years’ membership of the guild.

November 4th - 150th Anniversary Mass in St Mary's Anglican Church, Devizes.



May 15th - Mr Christopher Henley apppointed Parish Archivist.

August - Fr Jean-Patrice Coulon moved to Holy Ghost Parish, Yeovil.

September 13th - Fr Philip Baptiste appointed Parish Priest for the second time.



December 8th - Deacon David Wakefield celebrated his Silver Jubilee.  The Bishop of Clifton, The Right Reverend Declan Lang and Emeritus Bishop Crispian Hollis concelebrated Mass with Fr Philip Baptiste and six other priests of the deanery.



July 5th - Fr Jose Maliekal appointed Parish Priest.



January 15th - Fr Benny Jacob appointed Parish Priest.

January 17th - Fr Jose Maliekal moved to Holy Ghost Parish, Yeovil.



February - Fr Benny Jacob left.

June - Fr Paul Gonsalves appointed Parish Priest.

August - Mr Christopher Henley appointed Parish Safeguarding Representative.



August - Mrs Jane Newell appointed Parish Safeguarding Representative.



March 20th - All churches closed because of the coronavirus situation.

April 12th - Fr Paul Gonsalves began streaming the 1030 Sunday Mass on YouTube.

August 18th - Death of Fr Martin Griffin.

Parish Timeline - 21st Century

Parish Timeline - 21st Century

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