A Church for us is more than a building – it is a sacred space, filled with God's presence. Everything within that space – the paintings, the statues, the stained glass – exists for a spiritual purpose.
This is to provide people with a focus for prayer and an insight into God: literally a 'glimpse of heaven'. The word 'Patrimony' describes the Church's cultural inheritance in terms of architecture, art and artefacts. All witness to our Catholic past: a history of persecution, struggle and ultimately, revival. We are just custodians, with a duty to preserve these sacred treasures for the future. Much of our work is done through the Patrimony Committee. This oversees the work of the diocesan Historic Churches Committees, and acts as the interface between Government authorities and the Church in relation to planning and heritage matters.
The Patrimony Committee's remit in general terms is in place to encourage the appreciation, care and enhancement of the patrimony of the Church in its sacred...Read more
Part of the management of historic churches, and any church, is the continuing care for the fabric and furnishings. The Patrimony Committee has prepared a se...Read more