Memories of Holy Spirit’s priests

The Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Heckmondwike has been blessed with a number of outstanding priests in its 100 year history – from G K Chesterton’s great friend Father O’Connor to Father Paddy Roche, friend of the Apollo astronauts, the US Ryder Cup team and celebrities like Bing Crosby and Val Doonican.

The longest serving priest was Father Nicholson from 1919-1957 –a staggering 38 years!

If readers have any stories, photos or memorabilia about any of the church’s priests and would like to share them for our centenary book, please contact me at or telephone 01924 501774.


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