Anglican Catholic Church

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The Church

The Church

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Inside the Church - Corpus Christi 2014

Inside the Church - Corpus Christi 2014

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Relic of the Veil of the BVM

Relic of the Veil of the BVM


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The Bishops Cathedra

The Bishops Cathedra

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The New Parish Deacon

The New Parish Deacon

Church of St Augustine of Canterbury

5b Best Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JB


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Bishop Damien Mead

Bishop Damien Mead


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The Revd Richard Mulholland

The Revd Richard Mulholland

Parish Deacon

Rector: Bishop Damien Mead Tel: 01797 321704 Email: bishopmead(at)

Parish Deacon: Fr Dcn Richard Mulholland Tel: 01233 661288 Mobile: 07943 001133 Email: rich.mulholland(at)

(Due to spam 'phishing' you need to replace the spaces and (at) with @ in the email addresses above)

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The Anglican Catholic Church of St Augustine was formed in May 2005 and originally meeting at Canterbury City Cemetery Chapel.

On Low Sunday, 15th April 2007, Bishop Rommie Starks, Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of the United Kingdom, formally blessed and dedicated the new Church in the City Centre (within sight of Canterbury Cathedral) and just off the High Street. A former non conformist place of worship reclaimed by us from secular use and dedicated to our patron, St Augustine - the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 2008 our Priest in Charge was elected and on 20th September 2008 duly consecrated as the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom. The Right Revd Damien Mead remains Rector of our small Church as well as fulfilling his Diocesan duties. The Church, although extremely tiny compared to our illustrious near neighbour, is also the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese because it houses Bishop Mead's 'Cathedra' or 'Throne'.

Also in 2008 Bishop Mead commissioned an Icon of a local Saint, Blessed Elizabeth Barton, known as the 'Maid of Kent' or "Nun of Kent" who was a benedictine nun at St. Sepulchre's Convent in Canterbury (the area is now known as Nunnery Fields) Blessed Elizabeth had visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was martyred on the orders of Henry VIII on 21st of April, 1534. The Icon and its story has been featured in Local Newspapers and on BBC Radio Kent. We believe it to be the only such depiction of Blessed Elizabeth Barton in the world. Bishop Starks (mentioned above) blessed the Icon on Easter Day 2008.

In 2010 our Parish was instrumental in opening the "Canterbury Church Shop" a Christian Gift Shop, Bookshop and Church Supply Company. This was situated in nearby Palace Street in the historic 'Conquest House'. However in December 2014 the shop relocated to Lydd, on the Romney Marsh in Kent. The shop reopened, in Lydd, in March 2015.

On Saturday 21st November 2015, being the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, the Bishop ordained Richard James Mulholland as Deacon. Deacon Richard serves at St Augustine's as Parish Deacon.

In May 2017, after 10 years in the Best Lane Chapel, and almost 2 years of searching, praying and waiting, the congregation made an offer to purchase a former Methodist Church in the village of Painters Forstal, just outside Canterbury (Off Junction 6 of the M2 Motorway) 15 minutes drive from Best Lane. The Church hopes to have completed relocation before Christmas 2017.

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Service Times


11am Sung Mass

On the 1st Sunday of the Month a short Healing Service immediately follows Mass.

On the 3rd Sunday of the Month at 1.30pm, an Adult Study Group usually meets to discuss various topics including Bible Study, Doctrine, Church History, Prayer etc.


12 noon Low Mass

Major Holy Days

12 noon Low Mass

Holy Days of Obligation

12 noon Sung Mass (Please check latest Sunday Newsheet for information)

Music at St Augustine's

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Dr Michael Bond

Dr Michael Bond

Dr Michael Bond, BMus, ARCM, is our Organist at St Augustine's Church, Canterbury, Kent.

Dr Bond studied the Organ at Bristol Cathedral with the late Clifford Harker (Organist & Master of the Choristers) he obtained a degree in Music, and in later years studied for his PhD in Sociology. In addition to his appointment at St Augustine's he is currently Director of Music at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Birchington, near Margate, a position he has held for the past year.

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Miss Catherine Begley

Miss Catherine Begley

Miss Catherine Begley is our Cantor at St Augustine's, singing the "Propers" of the Mass from the English Gradual and other pieces appropriate to the Mass.
In addition to working full time Catherine also directs the Cantiacorum Community Choir with a special focus on songs from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
For further information about the Choir please phone Catherine on 07880 648 444.


- There is a WC in Church - but its use is restricted to after the Service (or before if arriving sufficiently early) because it is accessed through the Vestry. There is a very good WC (including disabled provision) in the Best Lane Blue Badge Holders Car park (diagonally opposite the front of the Church).

- Car Park for disabled blue badge holders in Best Lane (behind the Beaney Institute & Library) - however blue badge holders can also park 'on road' in the nearby Orange Street.

- Nearest Non Disabled Car Park - Pound Lane - follow signs for Marlowe Theatre Parking. There is a walk way around the Marlow Theatre that means the car park is only 10 minutes walk from the Church

- Rail Stations - Canterbury West (20 min walk) Canterbury East ( 30 min walk)

- Bus Station - 20 mins walk

Outreach & Mission

Organist & Cantor

The Parish takes seriously the need to support other worthy causes and to help those in need. We support the Missionary Society of St Paul, ACC's outreach and Mission arm which supports projects around the world wide Church. Locally we support various charities including the homeless Charity 'Porchlight' in Canterbury.
We also belong to and through that organisation support individuals in the developing third world with interest free loans to help them help themselves. You can find out more or perhaps even join us in this endeavour by clicking on the link below:

Help St Augustine's Church Make a Difference ..




Link to a YouTube video from the Parish

Bishop's Silver Jubilee of Priesting
On 17th February 2015 Bishop Mead reached the 25th Anniversary pf his ordination as a Priest in the Church of God. He celebrated a special Votive Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 14th February 2015 at St Augustine's Church. Here is a link to the video taken on the day. The Archdeacon, The Venerable Raymond Thompson preached.