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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception

I saw in the news that the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has decided to end the Soho Masses, though up to now he's been supporting them. He has said that the Jesuit-run Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, will instead host pastoral meetings for the LGBT community. Given his Christmas message against marriage equality and now this, it seems like he's taking a sudden harder line against the gay community and that's troubling.

About the church - Wikipedia doesn't seem to have a page for it but it's mentioned in this page on Mount Street Gardens ... Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street. The church, built between 1844 and 1849, was in a decorated gothic-style, designed by J.J. Scoles, and with the alter by A.W.N. Pugin, and is now a Grade II* listed building.

And you can read an article about the church from the Jesuit site, Thinking Faith - 160 years of Farm Street ...

Farm Street, the church of the Jesuit Fathers in the Mayfair district of London, has a special place in the hearts of many people. It is an improbable name for a church in such a fashionable area as Mayfair. It harks back to the days when the Jesuits came, in the eighteen-forties, seeking a site for their London church. They found it in what was in fact the mews (stables and coachman’s quarters) in a back street. The name derived from the Hay Hill Farm that extended in the 18th century from the present Hill Street eastward across Berkeley Square and beyond ....

Here are a few screen captures from the church website's virtual panoramic tour ...


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