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The VOCATIONIST FATHERS have four communities in the United Kingdom: Holywell in Walles, Birmingham, Walsall and London in England.

St. Winefride’s – Honeywell, Walles

Right Reverend Edwin Regan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wrexham, entrusted St. Winefride`s Parish in Holywell to the Vocationist Fathers on April 6, 2008.

St. Mary's
St. Mary’s the Mount – Walsall, England

On January 20, 2013, they were officially welcomed into the Archdiocese of Birmingham by His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, during Holy Mass at St. Mary’s the Mount RC Church, Walsall, England.

Vocationist Fathers


The Right Reverend Edwin Regan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wrexham, entrusted St. Winefride`s Parish Holywell to the Vocationist Fathers on April 6, 2008.

St. Winefride’s is unique, in both its history and its remarkable physical presence. For 13 centuries this shrine in the tiny north Wales town of Holywell has been a place of unbroken veneration. Right through penal times the pilgrims still came. And the glorious, early 16th century, two-story Gothic shrine building – a crypt into which the well rises tucked beneath a chapel – was never damaged, and remains intact today.

The shrine building was built — probably partly through the munificence of Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort — by the Cistercian monks of nearby Basingwerk Abbey, to replace an earlier building. Richard III was an earlier royal patron. He ordered the sum of ten marks to be paid annually from the treasury for the support of the chapel of St Winefride, and the stipend of the priest. Henry V made the pilgrimage in 1415 after his victory at Agincourt. Henry VII is said to have made a secret visit here before winning his crown at Bosworth in 1485.

In 1605, many of those involved with the Gunpowder Plot came with the Blessed Father Edward Oldcorne to give thanks for his deliverance from a gangrene that had formed in the roof of his mouth or, as some have it, to plan the plot.

Every minute, 3,000 gallons of water surges up through the 7ft deep, bottle green waters of the well basin, which is enclosed by an octagonal parapet from which eight columns rise to meet overhead in a traceried canopy, forming a crypt. The surface of the well shimmers like hot oil as the waters rise and flow into a narrow poll and out to the bath, from which they run down Greenfield Valley to the River Dee.

The Vocationist Fathers, Fr. Salvatore Musella, S.D.V. and his community of two other priests and two novices have a thriving center here, with facilities for First Communion and Confirmation groups, those on retreat, a gift center, and museum. This is a place in which many begin their journey towards God.

The Vocationist Fathers are always available to welcome people, youth, pilgrims, association for spiritual assistance, spiritual direction, and vocational discernment. You may contact us at any time.

St. Winefride RC Church
Contact : Fr. Justin Karakadu, SDV

15 Well Street
Holywell, Wales CH8 7PL
Home phone +44 1352 713181

UK – Birmingham

Community at Corpus Christi RC Church
Contact : Fr. Fretch Ballesteros, SDV

Home Corpus Christi RC Church – Stechford

Fr. Andrew Martinez, SDV, parish priest

139 Albert Rd
Birmingham, ENGLAND B33 8UB
Office Fr. Biju Chittuparamban, SDV, formator
St Mary’s College, OscottChester Road Sutton
Coldfield, West Midlands B73 5AA
Home phone +44 121 783 2792

Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church

Contact : Fr. Luigi Morrone, SDV
15 The Green, TW5 0RL – Heston
LONDON, United Kingdom
Home phone 0208 570 1818
Website Internet website
St. Mary’s the Mount RC Church
Contact : Fr. Roberto Ciardo, SDV
Home Vicarage Walk

Walsall, England WS1 3NF

Fr. Antonio & priest
Most Rev. Antonio R. do Nascimento, S.D.V. and Fr. Salvatore Musella, S.D.V.
Home phone +44 1922 622633