Dominican Priories: London
The Priory of Our Holy Father St. Dominic in Haverstock Hill, London, is the base of a vibrant and diverse preaching apostolate of the dozen or so Friars assigned there.
Attached to the priory is the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Dominic, serving the local communities of Gospel Oak, Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm and Belsize Park. The parish includes some of the most economically deprived areas in the country. The Church building is one of the largest in London. It runs 200 ft long, 80 ft wide and 100 ft high, and, as such, stands as a significant landmark for the surrounding area.
|Interior of St. Dominic’s Church, looking down the nave|
|Chapel of the Annunciation, St. Dominic’s Church|
Today, the parish is thriving. In addition to the provision of the sacraments, our ministry includes pastoral work, and providing other opportunities for prayer and study. The parish also serves two primary schools, St. Dominic’s and The Rosary School The current Prior of the community, Fr. Timothy Calvert OP, also serves as Parish Priest – a task in which he is assisted by two of our former contributors, Fr. Gregory Pearson OP, and the newly ordained, Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP, amongst others. You may also recall that St. Dominic’s hosted our Studentate Parish Mission, Pray 4, last year, which was a resounding success.
|St. Dominic’s Priory|
Aside from Parish ministry, other brothers carry out their preaching mission in hospital chaplaincy at University College Hospital, and the nearby Royal Free Hospital; university chaplaincy at Imperial College (a position which our brother, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP, once held); school teaching and chaplaincy; and in studying towards postgraduate degrees.
Our London priory has been the home of several notable Dominicans who have lived in our the Priory include Fr. Bede Jarrett OP, Fr. Vincent McNabb OP, Fr. [John Dominic] Alan Cheales OP, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, and St. Dominic’s is also the home of the present Prior Provincial, Fr. John Farrell OP.