St Joan of Arc, Highbury, London
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Joan of Arc.
She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Benedict XV on 16th May 1920.
This year is also the 100th anniversary of our parish – St Joan of Arc, Highbury, London.
Our church was the first in England to be named after St Joan. A group in the parish are
planning events to mark the occasion.
The Sisters of Mercy have been connected with this parish since 1997 when
Sisters Patricia Mockler, Dolores Hyland and Lynda Dearlove moved into Aberdeen Road, Highbury.
They quickly became part of the parish community – preparing the youth for Communion,
Confirmation and liturgies of the Church’s year. Sr Dolores, continues to be involved in
Church music. Sr Patricia is tireless in giving help wherever needed – preparing for the Masses,
Visitation and Communion for those unable to come to Mass.
During the early days Srs Patricia and Lynda continued their work with the homeless in the Dellow Centre.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the parish Canon Gerard King has organised a revamp of the Church both inside and out.
We, as Sisters of Mercy have requested and been granted a donation towards the costs. Canon Gerard is going to lead a pilgrimage to France to the places associated with St Joan of Arc. The sights will include Domrémy-la-Pucelle where St Joan was born and baptised. The pilgrimage will also take in Chartres, famous for its stained-glass windows and then on to Rouen where St Joan was burnt at the stake on 30th May 1431.