86 Bargates, Leominster, Herefordshire. HR6 8QS
Mass - 9:00am and 6:30pm
Masses: Monday/ Thursday/ Alternate
Saturdays at 9:00am
Services: Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Friday at 9:00am
Days of Obligation, Mass: usually 7:00pm (see parish notices for details).
on Saturdays if a Mass is to be offered
Priest: Rev Dom Aidan Doyle
Christianity arrived in the Leominster area over thirteen
hundred years ago. St David is reported by his biographer, the Welsh writer
Rhygyfarch, as having established a Church here.
However, for many years after the Reformation the Catholic population in the
area was very small. By 1767 there remained only six Catholics between the ages
of 30 and 60 years of age living in Leominster and their pastoral needs were
covered by the Jesuits of Hereford.
By contrast, the Wesleyan Methodists enjoyed increasing membership and moved
out of their Chapel to larger premises. The old Wesleyan Chapel was purchased
and presented to the Catholics. This was Leominster's first post reformation
Catholic Church and was dedicated to St Ethelbert.
In 1888 Fr Athanasius Rogers, with financial help from a local benefactor, was
able to open the present "St Ethelbert's" Church. Built in Gothic style, it was
designed by P P Pugin, the son of the Augustus W Pugin, a well-known and ardent
advocate of Gothic revivalism.