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.
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 O’Connor 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.'.