The Shrine Project

Our Church was designated a Diocesan Shrine in 2019.

Canon Anthony has commissioned a design specification for our Martyr’s Chapel as a fitting setting for our holy relics. This is the very earliest stages of the project and we have a lot to do to establish whether this design is right for us and how much it will cost, if it is the right one. There will then be the small matter of fundraising as well as establishing a team to put the project in operation.

At the moment, Canon Anthony wants to share with all parishioners the proposed design specification. It has been prepared by a well-known iconographer, Ian Knowles of Elias Icons. Please see his profile by clicking here.

Details of the design specification will be displayed in the church near Our Lady’s altar or download the St Thomas Reliquary Chapel Proposal. Please let Fr Anthony and/or the Parish Office know if you have any views on the proposed design. Thank you.

The benefits of the Shrine project are to:

  • be a quiet place for reflection and prayer for pilgrims
  • allow pilgrims to come close to the source of spiritual power of St Thomas and St Oscar Romero in the relics we are privileged to hold
  • inform and influence tourists as they visit our church and hopefully get them to stop a while and pray & learn something of our English saints and martyrs
  • encourage pilgrims to see and reflect on the relevance of St Thomas of Canterbury for Christians today and to learn from his life the importance of courageously standing up for the truth and the mission of the church in evangelisation
  • connect ecumenically with our fellow Christians both at the Catherdral as the place of St Thomas’ Martyrdom and at St Dunstan’s who preserve St Thomas More’s head & legacy