Our Story

The roots of our parish are to be found in those Thames-side areas of Bermondsey and Wapping where the emigrant Irish had first come to settle in the nineteenth century, following the travails in Ireland.After the slum clearances of the inner city, to places like Downham, in the early twentieth century, that Irish connection continued but is now dwarfed by the many nations of the world who have settled in Downham. During the millennium year we discovered we have over 50 different nations represented in our parish community and that has further increased in recent years.

Our Sunday worship is a source of great joy as we gather together as a people from the four corners of the earth to offer our lives and our prayers to God for ourselves and for our neighbours throughout the world.


Canon John Kavanagh                                             Sr Collette Bamber
     Parish Priest                                                             Parish Sister