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About Us

Welcome to the Catholic Parish of Sacred Heart, Exeter!  We are delighted to invite you into our community, for the building up of your own faith in Jesus Christ and for the promotion of a Christian way of life in our local community.  As a part of the Catholic Church we are dedicated to the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship of God, teaching in the faith, and service in the city of Exeter.

A Brief History

Whilst there has been a very small Catholic community in Exeter since the Reformation, the parish of Sacred Heart can trace its roots to Catholic Mission in Exeter based at The Mint, not far from South St.  In 1850 after Catholic Emancipation in the UK, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth was established in South-West England, and in 1873 the waggoners' yard and house on the site of the old Bear Inn were purchased for the building of a new church on South St.  Designed by the architects Charles Edwin Ware & Leonard Stokes, the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was formally opened on the 18th November 1884.


The Catholic community in Exeter grew over the years, leading to the founding of a second Catholic parish of Blessed Sacrament in Heavitree in 1932.  The Sacred Heart church survived the Blitz during the Second World War and remains a fine example of Victorian Neo-Gothic architecture, as well as a sacred space of prayer, in the middle of Exeter.

The church is usually open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.  You are very welcome to come and visit.

Our Parish Pastoral Council

Fr. Petroc Cobb - President

Fr Albert Lawes

Philippa Smallwood - Chair

Coral Saunders-Mortier - Secretary

Michael Quinn 

Delian Bower 

Martin Overy 

Ken Cheek 

Monica Overy

Rosalba Villarreal 

Eduardo Villarreal 

Federico Caprotti 

Maria Quinn 

Brian Bargent

Maureen Speller

There are so many ways that you can offer your skills and talents in our community.

Parish life is about building community.  With a variety of different groups, there's something here for everyone.

Click Here to stay informed with important resources about our parish and wider Catholic life.

Contact Us

It's easy to get in contact, just send us an email, or give us a call.

01392 642389

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