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New cutting edge Hertfordshire Church consecrated
posted on 23 May 2006
Our Lady & St Vincent, Potters Bar
Our Lady & St Vincent, Potters Bar

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has officially consecrated the new Church of Our Lady and St Vincent in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. In a ceremony performed on Friday, 19th May 2006, the Cardinal formally received the keys and the plans of the new building on behalf of the whole Catholic Church , symbolising the handing over of the church to the whole community.

The new 300-seat Church with curving walls and a swooping roof is built out of the traditional materials of red brick and slate roof with striking windows of stained glass. However, the interior is anything but traditional.  It provides a radical re-interpretation of the nature of a church, being designed in an antiphonal style where the service uses the length of the church and the congregation sits on either side.

'Nationwide interest'

Connected to the main building is a  suite of meeting rooms which will provide a major new facility for the local area.  The new church is already attracting nationwide interest from those involved in church building for a modern age.

Parish Priest Father Tim OConnor said 'The church is to be a welcoming church  - its consecration means that it now belongs to the universal church and beyond.'

Welwyn architect Francesca Weal, who has been responsible for the design added: 'This is a landmark building for Hertfordshire. There is already enormous interest in the thinking behind its design and construction.'.

Contact details:
Martin Connolly
Chairman, New Church Building Committee
Telephone: 01707 663501

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