Welcome to the parish of St Austin's and The English Martyrs


The Churches of St Austin's, Wakefield, Est. 1828 & English Martyrs, Wakefield, Est. 1932

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Our Priests

Mgr David Canon Smith

Mgr D Canon Smith became our Parish Priest in February 2016. He was previously at St Mary’s in Halifax where he was Parish Priest for 16 years. Before that he was Parish Priest in Knottingley and curate in Halifax and Brighouse. He trained for the priesthood at Valladolid in Spain and was ordained priest in year 1987. He is a native of Goole

 

Rev Father Christopher Butler

Father Christopher Butler joined the parish in August 2021 after completing his training for the priesthood at the Pontifical College of St Bede in Rome, including a Batchelor of Theology from St Mary's University in Twickenham, London. Prior to this Fr Christopher trained as a registered nurse, was a former senior civil servant, an NHS Trust Director and Chief Executive. He is a native of Clay Cross in Derbyshire but has always had family links in West Yorkshire.