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St Anne's RC Church

History of St. Anne's
St Anne's is a relatively new Church. Until the 1950s, although Mass was celebrated in Thurso, there was no Church building. The priest came from Wick which itself for most of its history did not have a full time resident clergyman. The building & subsequent staffing of the Dounreay Experimental Reactor Establishment ten miles west of Thurso from 1955 onwards brought an influx of new residents to the town, making it desireable to have a Church building.

Father David Keith set up a building fund which resulted in the blessing & dedication to St. Anne by the Right Reverend Francis Walsh, Bishop of Aberdeen on 26th March 1960.

In the beginning, the priest continued to live in Wick in the Chapel House attached to St. Joachim's but by the mid sixties the congregation in Thurso outnumbered that of Wick by three to one. The priest, Father Mario Conti, moved to a newly built house next to the Church in 1967.

In 1972 three Sisters from the Congregation of La Sainte Union arrived in the parish and although resident in Wick contributed greatly throughout Caithness. Among other activities they were very active in the religious education of the children of Thurso which in the mid to late seventies took place in the Pennyland Primary School on Saturday morning.

Today, the congregation in Thurso still slightly outnumbers that in Wick & the Priest's house is beside St. Anne's.

Telephone
01847 893196

E-mail
joachimandanne@outlook.com

Postal Address
St Anne's RC Church
2 Sweyn Road,

Thurso
Caithness
KW14 7NW



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