Our Lady of Dolours - Kersal
The Seven Holy Founders
The Parish was started by the Servite Order (Friars Servant of Mary) after being invited into the diocese by the bishop of the day, to be chaplain to the Carmelite nuns. While still spiritually caring for the Carmelite nuns, the then bishop asked the Servites to establish a parish in Kersal. In 1923 a very simple church was opened. Then in 1964 a new church was built to meet the demand of an increasing Catholic population. The church was consecrated in 1990.
Who are the Servites
The Servites, a mendicant Religious Order, founded in 1245 in Florence, Italy, by seven merchants who had the same vision that Our Lady was calling them to leave their businesses and worldly possessions and form a new religious in the Church, living a life of simplicity - poverty, chastity and obedience to God's will. Their charism is to live in fraternal community and to serve God and His people taking Mary, our Sorrowful Mother, as their inspiration.
The Servite Order rapidly spread throughout Italy then to the Americas and Europe and London, England. Subsequently they came to Kersal, Salford, 96 years ago.
St. Peregrine OSM - Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers
Throughout the Servite world our Servite priories and churches have devotions to St. Peregrine as we ask his intercessions to heal and deepen the faith of our loved ones and others who suffer from cancer. Our Lady of Dolours Servite Parish, Kersal, celebrate a monthly Mass in honour of St. Peregrine on the 1st Saturday of every month at 11.00 am. Candles, medals and prayer leaflets can be obtained after this Mass and devotions to St. Peregrine. St. Peregrine was healed of his cancerous leg the night before he was due to have an amputation. After spending time in prayer before the crucifix and the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows he was healed.