London, St. Patrick’s Church, Waterloo
The Franciscan Conventual friary of St. Patrick’s is situated in Waterloo, London and serves as the Curia house for the Great Britain & Ireland Provincial Delegation. The Provincial Delegate lives in St. Patrick’s friary with two other Conventual Franciscan friars. The friars in London administer the Parish of St. Patrick’s, also in Waterloo.
Although the parish may be small, due to its Central London location, it helps to serve the multitude of commuters who work in and around the area. The parish also helps to meet the pastoral needs of a growing local population which includes university students, immigrant Catholics and the long-time residents; all of whom contribute to the beautiful diversity of the parish community. The poor and the hungry of the vicinity enjoy God’s generosity through the charitable works of the friars, who have been offering food and friendship to the poor since the beginning of its foundation. Besides fostering many pastoral and charitable activities, the friary offers hospitality to brothers who come from around the world to visit or study in London.
St. Patrick’s Church in Waterloo dates from the year 1896, when the bishop of Southwark planned to build a school and chapel in Cornwall road, Waterloo, London. Cardinal Vaughan opened the school and the chapel on 1st November 1897. It is recorded that by 1911 the local Catholic population numbered around seventeen hundred. Technically the church was a Mission Centre and was served by the clergy of St. George’s Cathedral for the first twenty years. The Conventual Franciscans were invited to take over care of the parish of St. Patrick’s in 1964. A house was donated for the Friars’ residence.
Holy Mass is celebrated twice a day, and a priest is available daily for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spiritual counselling.
Fr. Paul Miskiewicz OFMConv
Fr. Jesmond Pawley OFMconv
St. Patrick’s Friary Greyfriars
26 Cornwall Road
Waterloo, London SE1 8TW
Telephone Parish:  7928 8027
Saturday: 5 pm,Sunday: 9am, 11 am
Weekdays: 8.00 am (Not Saturdays), 12.30 pm
Holy days: 8.00 am, 12.30 pm