First Canterbury Catholic Church

This was the site of the first rural Catholic Church, built in 1871 – Shands Road, Canterbury. The parish of this tiny church (Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament) stretched from The Conway (Kaikoura) to the Rangitata River! (Ashburton)

The land was gifted by Patrick Henley and the first Father was named Chervier. If Chervier’s counterparts in the Anglican Church are anything to go by, Chervier may have travelled endlessly through his parish to serve the spiritual needs of those Catholics who couldn’t make it to church!

*Photo taken by Annette Bulovic*

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