St Augustine’s parish has been at the centre of Catholic life in High Wycombe for more than 120 years and we are fortunate to belong to a thriving community experiencing growing numbers.
Our parish has a long and interesting history dating back to 1889 when local landowner Philip F. Rose, a convert to the Catholic faith, asked Bishop Arthur Riddell to set up a parish here.
Fr Herbert Ignatius Beale was appointed to High Wycombe in 1889 to serve the small Catholic community in South Bucks, and in 1894 the church of St Augustine’s in Castle St was consecrated. The church we know today on Amersham Hill was opened in 1957.
From here there developed the other churches in High Wycombe – St James, St Wulstan’s and Our Lady of Grace. Together with St Edmund Campion, acquired from Great Missenden parish, they combined to make up the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman.
Today we are blessed as a parish having more than 500 families, a vibrant liturgy, a beautiful church building and strong and active lay leadership in many aspects of parish life.
At the start of September 2014 we said goodbye to our Parish Priest of 36 years, Fr Willie Strain, who has retired to his native Donegal. We are grateful for the ministry of Fr J J Bernard OMI for several weeks, and now welcome Mgr Paul Donovan, our new Parish Priest, who arrived on 13th October, and celebrated his first weekend Masses in our Parish on the 18th/19th October.