St Joseph’s Catholic Church
122 Ladbroke Road
Surrey RH1 1LF
St Joseph’s is the Roman Catholic Church for the community of Redhill in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and is part of the greater Parish of the Nativity of the Lord, which, in 2009, brought together 2,500 Roman Catholics from The Holy Family in Reigate, St Joseph’s in Redhill and St Teresa’s in Merstham.
In the early 1850s a plot of land in Brighton Road near Reading Arch in Redhill was purchased. A Church, School and a Priest’s House were built here and construction was completed by 1860. The Church was consecrated in 1862 and the school opened for business in 1867.
In 1887 a French order of nuns came to Redhill and bought some land in Ladbroke Road and opened a convent and school buildings in that area. Nearly 40 years later the Church and connected buildings were in need of substantial and expensive maintenance. Rather than carry out these repairs the decision was made to rebuild. Rebuilding was completed in December 1899.
By 1980s it was clear a new church was required and the redevelopment of Redhill had meant the old church was now surrounded by new buildings and parking was a real problem.
With the closure of the convent and school many years earlier, it was decided to utilise this land in Ladbroke Road and build a new church. This was opened in and dedicated in 1988.
In May 2009 the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord was officially inaugurated by Bishop Kieran Conry, bringing together in a single united community worshippers from the former Parishes of St Joseph’s in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Merstham. Whilst retaining its three Churches, the new Parish is administered as a single Parish under the care of Fr Tony Bridson. Working with Fr Tony are Deacon Tim Murrill and key groups of lay representatives from the three Churches.
Christian Unity is not attained so much by agreement about some shared value, but by doing something concrete together for those who bring us closest to the Lord: the poor, for in them Jesus is present (Mt 25:40). Sharing in works of charity helps us make greater progress.