Priests are moving ‘home’

Priests of the Long Tower parish are moving 'home' to Victoria Place.

Priests of the Long Tower parish are moving 'home' to Victoria Place.

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Priests in the Long Tower parish will return to their former home at Victoria Place this week.

The priests have been based at the former Convent of Mercy in Pump Street for nearly five years now.

They were relocated to the city centre convent when a small community of Friars took up residence at Victoria Place in 2009.

However, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal moved to their new home in Galliagh earlier this year.

This move paved the way for the return of the Long Tower priests to their traditional home just off Abercorn Road.

The priests and the parish office will return to Victoria Place this Thursday and Friday.

It’s understood a blessing and open day will take place within the next few weeks, once works at Victoria Place are completely finished.

One parishioner told the ‘Journal’ yesterday: “This is magnificent news - something we’ve been waiting to hear for some time.

“Victoria Place is the traditional home of the Long Tower priests and it will be great to see them back there.”

Earlier this year, the Long Tower priests - Father Eddie Gallagher and Father Brendan Collins - publicly said they wanted to return to Victoria Place.

It’s a move supported by local Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue.

She recently said: “This is good news for the people of the parish.

“I have spoken to many local people in recent months and they want the priests to move back to Victoria Place.

“It’s important that one of the church’s main offices is right in the heart of the community.”