Anglican Catholic Church

Church of Our Lady of Walsingham and Saint Francis

Within the grounds of Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, City Way, Rochester, Kent


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Bishop Damien Mead

Bishop Damien Mead


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Father Andrew Scurr

Father Andrew Scurr

Assistant Curate

Rector: Bishop Damien Mead Tel: 01797 321704 Email:

Assistant Curate: Father Andrew Scurr Tel: 07917 800611 Email:

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Holy Week 2019

Holy Week at Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis.

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The Mission was established in Strood in the Medway Towns in 1993 and originally dedicated simply to Saint Francis. Confusion sometimes arose because there was another church in that area with the same dedication, so the decision was made to add an additional Patron. This is how Our Lady of Walsingham was added to the dedication of our Mission.

In City Way, Rochester, there is a Military Cemetery close to the Napoleonic Fort Pitt. The cemetery was founded in the 1850s and the earliest graves are of soldiers killed in the Crimea. Its Chapel is owned by the Army and in 2001 the Father (now Bishop) Damien Mead, who was parish priest at that time, obtained permission for us to use the chapel. We have transformed the inside of the chapel into a fitting place in which to offer traditional Catholic worship, and our congregation has seen slow but steady growth over the last few years.

Annual occasions, such as the blessing and rededication of individual graves for those who request it are popular events and further the good relationship we have with those who come to visit the last resting places of their loved ones.

Our Patronal Festival each October is always very well attended and we are fortunate in having lovely grounds in which to have (weather permitting) an outdoor procession and picnic.

Father Raymond Thompson became parish priest in June 2003, in October 2008 Bishop Mead appointed him Dean of the Southern Deanery of the Diocese of the United Kingdom. In November 2011 the Bishop reappointed him as Dean of the South and also appointed him as Archdeacon of the Diocese. As Archdeacon he is, after the Bishop, the most senior clergyman in the Diocese. Fr Thompson retired from Parish Ministry in August 2014.

Fr Jonathan Munn, the Curate, became Priest in Charge in 2014 and then due to family commitments tendered his resignation and relocated to Sheffield, celebrating his last Mass on Christmas Eve 2016. During 2017 Fr Jeen Thomas served as Priest in Charge but for personal reasons unfortunately had to stand down.

At the Diocesan Synod in Westminster in April 2018 it was decided to join the Rochester Parish with the Pro-Cathedral Parish of St Augustine?s in Painters Forstal, Nr Faversham.

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Please Note Reduced Services


Sunday 10th March 10:30am Lent I

Sunday 17th March 10:30am Lent II

Sunday 24th March 10:30am Lent III

Sunday 31st March 10:30am Lent IV (Laetare)
(Note Clocks change!)

Sunday 7th April 10:30am Passion Sunday

Sunday 14th April 10:30am Palm Sunday

Week Days & Holy days of Obligation

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- We usually have tea, coffee and biscuits after Mass on Sundays

- Car Park & Toilet within the cemetery grounds

- Rail Stations – Rochester and Chatham stations are both about 20 minute walks

- We are about 5 minutes from M2 motorway