St Brigid, Mill Street (now on Grey Mare Lane), Bradford Lancashire
The church does not have a graveyard.
It was founded in 1879 on Mill Street. In 1995 that church building had to be demolished to make space for a new road, and they moved a short distance to Grey Mare Lane.
The parish is an offshoot from St. Anne's, Ancoats. Canon Liptrott acquired a site in 1877 upon which to build a school-chapel. This was opened in 1879. The mission became independent in 1880. Fr. William Sassen, a Dutch priest, served the mission for nearly 35 years. A new church was opened in 1884. The parish grew rapidly in numbers and largely through Fr. Sassen's efforts, St. Vincent's, Openshaw, and St. Willibrord's, Clayton, were developed into new parishes. Fr. W. Moran and Fr. Prendergast served here for a time, but for many years the parish priest has been Fr. Joseph Fitzgerald.
Taken from 'Salford Diocese and its Catholic past', a survey by Charles A. Bolton, a Priest of the above Diocese. Published 1950 on the First Centenary for the Diocese of Salford.
St. Brigid's Parish Key Dates
Foundation of the Parish by Fr. Sassen.
18th May, 1884:
First Church opened.
3rd March, 1901:
Second Church opened by Bishop Bilsborrow.
Reconsecration of the Second Church.
16th October, 1971:
Parish Hall opened.
Last Mass celebrated in Second Church.
27th August, 1995:
First Mass to be celebrated in Third Church building, the newly converted Parish Hall.
Fr. William Sassen
Nov 1879 - May 1913
Fr. William Moran
May 1913 - Jun 1915
Fr. Patrick Prendergast
Jun 1915 - May 1922
Fr. Joseph Edward Fitzgerald
May 1922 - Nov 1964
Fr. Michael Cronin
Dec 1964 - Apr 1990
Fr. William Martin
May 1990 - July 1995
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