Holy Name Church

Holy Name Church surrounded by demolished houses
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester have recently completed a research project to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery fund.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  During the 1960s and 1970s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester...
Holy Name roof restoration
Holy Name Church Oxford Road welcomes visitors on Heritage Open Days 13-22 SeptemberManchester’s only Grade 1 listed Catholic church was built by Joseph Hansom in 1871 and formed the heart of the community for thousands of Irish immigrant workers for over 100 years until housing clearances dispersed the population.The Holy Name has recently interviewed many people about their memories of its heyday as a parish.  During the heritage open days there will be displays in the church to...
At the end of May this year the Jesuits in Britain Archives took delivery of a very exciting set of packages. The eight large and somewhat heavy parcels contained just over 200 architectural plans for the Holy Name Church in Manchester, which have been painstakingly conserved and digitised by the National Conservation Service as part of a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore parts of the Grade 1 listed Victorian church.The plans had been kept in an old vestment chest...
Mark Pearce & Nathan Lee on the roof of the Holy Name Church
You could walk past the magnificent Holy Name Church on Manchester’s bustling Oxford Road and barely notice the vast scaffolding system erected over the north transept, set back, as it is, from the road.  Even once inside the church the high-level works are discretely cordoned off and have minimal impact on worshippers.But the view from the top of the scaffolding down into the church roof is quite spectacular. The gutters and downpipes of the north transept have not been replaced...
Holy Name Church
The Jesuit Church of the Holy Name has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £198,000 for essential repairs to the north transept, it was announced today. With the help of money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to secure the future of this Grade 1 listed Victorian landmark and to make its unique architectural and community heritage better known and understood.Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will repair leaking roofs, cut out dry rot...
The Holy Name organ
Benjamin Sheen, organist at St Thomas Church 5th Avenue New York opens the 2018 Holy Name Church organ recital series programmed by Simon Leach.ProgrammeFantasia and Fugue in G, Op. 188 Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)‘Andantino, doucement espressif’, from String Quartet, Op. 10 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Prelude and Fugue in A, BWV 536 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)Scherzetto, from Organ Sonata in C minor Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)From ‘Esquisses byzantines’: Henri Mulet (1878-1967...
The Holy Name organ
The next recital will be given by Benedict Holland (violin) and Simon Leach (organ).Ben Holland is a professor in violin at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has been a guest leader for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs as a concerto soloist and his concerts have been broadcast on Classic FM.Simon Leach is the Director of Music at the Holy Name Church, Manchester. He has performed...
Holy Name exterior
A Meditation for EpiphanyThis Sunday 7th January at 8.10 am Radio 4 will be broadcasting its regular Sunday Worship programme from the Jesuit church of the Holy Name in Manchester.The programme will offer a reflection on the universality of the Christian message at the start of the season of Epiphany.Hymns will include 'As with gladness men of old' and 'Hail Redeemer, King Divine!' alongside carols for choir including Cornelius' 'The Three Kings' and Thomas Hewitt Jones' 'What child is this?'....
Amy and Fr William
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester are seeking to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  In the early 1960s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester University spread out along Oxford Road and the Holy Name became the...
Kensy Joseph SJ makes his promise of obedience
Please pray for Kensy Joseph SJ who was ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 11th November at Holy Name Church Manchester by the Right Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford.Concelebrating were Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ and the Superior of the Manchester community Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ, along with assistant chaplain Fr William Pearsall SJ and over twenty other Jesuits and diocesan clergy.  Music was beautifully performed by the Manchester University chaplaincy praise group,led by...

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