Our Church, the Holy Ghost, has a very special place in the hearts of all who have been associated with her. Priests, deacons, sisters and parishioners have an affection for this Church that shows through from its earliest memories to the present day.
From the laying of the foundation stone by Bishop Leo Parker on Easter Monday 1964 to the Ruby anniversary of our Church in 2005, we have been on a pilgrimage; a pilgrimage made together, hand in hand.
The 7th June 1965, witnessed the opening service of the Church of the Holy Ghost and in 1967, the Diocese of Dublin was invited to undertake the staffing of the Parish. As we knew it, Dublin provided us with a succession of priests who have looked after the spiritual and social wellbeing of the parishioners with remarkable finesse.
The infectious warmth and hospitality of our community soon dispelled any fears they might have had about making the trip across the water. This very special atmosphere is clearly reflected through the parish’s history. Bishop Dermot O’ Mahoney, the auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, always wondered why his priests so enjoyed the ‘Luton experience’. As he said after his visit to celebrate the parish’s Silver
Jubilee, he had “seen our church in Luton, he had seen the Promised Land!” This promise continued for a furthernine years through the work of Father John Daly.
In July 2005 The Holy Ghost Parish changed it's undertaking and is now staffed and managed by the Northampton Diocese. Our current Parish Priest, Monsignor Kevin McGinnell joined us from Our Lady of Lourdes, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, where he has been serving as Parish Priest since 1998.
Also working closely alongside our priests is Sister Teresa Harrington, and Sister Margaret Connerely.
One of the most noticeable features of the Holy Ghost over the years is the broad spectrum of nationalities, backgrounds, trades and talents so abundant among its parishioners.
On Pentecost Sunday 1974, the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Church, the Parish Centre was opened: a centre which today hosts many events for our thriving community. The qualities of the people are channelled into providing a rich and energetic parish, reflected in the vast number of groups, mirroring their depth of commitment and sense of belonging.
The door of the presbytery at 33 Westbourne Road is always welcoming and open to all. The beautifully inscribed doors in the interior of our church remind us of our pilgrimage to God and the hope that the door to our hearts will always be open wide.