Saturday, 5 November 2011

Catholicism in Uxbridge

ST PAULS Publishing has just released their latest book Catholicism in Uxbridge: A Brief History.

Written by Fr Nicholas Schofield, the parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Michael, it is a fitting tribute to all who have worked, and those who continue to work, to build up the Kingdom of God in Uxbridge. Publication of the book coincides with the 80th anniversary of the opening of the present church.

"Every parish has a story and often there can be surprising twists and turns. The history of Catholicism in Uxbridge, on the western edge of Greater London, embraces medieval confraternities, burnings under Mary Tudor, Elizabethan Jesuits (including St Edmund Campion) and even a link with Shakespeare. In more recent times, there is the no less heroic story of the foundation of a Catholic parish and the tireless work of generations of priests and lay people." From the cover of the book.

Fr Schofield is also Archivist of the Archdiocese of Westminster and the author of several books. He has a regular column on church history in The Catholic Times.