Chester, Cheshire


Capuchins had walked in the streets of the ancient city of Chester as far back as the seventeenth century. It was not until 21st of December 1858 that they came to settle in the city. It was from Pantasaph that Chester Friary was founded. At first, Mass was said in a rented room in Watergate Row. In June 1859 a yard in Wintergate Street was roofed in and used as a chapel. In 1862 the friars went to live in Cuppin Street. It was not until the 29th of April 1875 that the present church, dedicated to St Francis was opened.

The major role of the church at the present time is not so much that of a parish church in the normal sense as that of a centre offering Franciscan spirituality at the heart of a busy commercial, administrative and tourist city.

Times of the Masses at St Francis Church, Chester.

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6:30pm Vigil Mass of the Sunday
Sunday 8.00am Mass
Sunday 09.45am Family Mass
Sunday 4:30pm Polish Mass

Weekday Masses: Monday through Saturday 12 noon
Masses on Holydays of Obligation: 12 noon and 7pm.


Fridays: 11am to 12 noon.
Saturdays: 11am to 12 noon and from 4pm to 4:30pm.
and on request.



Weekday Mass at 8.00am

Sunday Mass at 11.15am

Franciscan Friary
15 Cuppin Street

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