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The First Bishop of Christchurch

Bishop John Joseph Grimes sm This is an edited version of a lecture given on 13 August 2015, commemorating the centennial of Bishop Grimes’ death. Introduction John Joseph Grimes was born in Bromley-by-Bow, East London, in 1842. His father was a seaman, both parents illiterate. What was the journey that allowed this erstwhile Cockney on […]

Family History Perishes in Quake

Original Artwork and  Stained glass donated by pioneer Catholic families are part of the collateral damage suffered by the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch. The painstaking task of stabilising the building must be completed before any of this artwork can be recovered if indeed they are still in a condition to be […]