St Columba’s is part of the Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury, Registered Charity No 234025.
St Columba’s parish is part of ‘Local Pastoral Area’ (LPA 11) for Chester and District. This includes the parishes of St Clare (Lache), St Cuthbert (Mouldsworth), St Francis (City Centre), St Thomas Becket (Tarporley), St Theresa (Blacon) and St Werburgh (City Centre).
On 16th July 2019, the two parishes of St Columba and St Theresa were merged into a single entity: THE PARISH OF ST. COLUMBA & ST. THERESA, CHESTER.
Following this merger, Bishop Mark has made these appointments: Our Parish Priest is Fr William Damah CSSP , appointed to the parish with effect from 8th September 2019. The Assistant Priest is Fr James Mchamungu CSSP, appointed with effect from 8th September 2019.
From here you can access the Bishop’s formal Decrees bringing about the merger (documents in pdf format):
Arising from the merger, this website will be re-cast or replaced in a way that fully reflects the functioning of the single parish. In the meantime, the Home/ Welcome page of this website will carry the latest information on any changes arising from the merger – including clergy changes.
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Click here for a brief-history (PDF format) of St Columba’s, prepared in connection with our church’s participation in the Heritage Open Days programme organised by Chester Civic Trust in 2010.
- Click here for the PDF version of the booklet produced in 1990 to mark the Silver Jubilee of the founding of the parish: St Columba history It provides lots of information about many of the personalities involved with the development of the parish.
- Go to www.taking-stock.org.uk for a developing database of information about the architectural and historic characteristics of every Catholic church and chapel across the dioceses of England and Wales. It is a project part-funded by English Heritage. St Columba’s has an entry in this database – run a search for st columba chester