Our Parish Priest is Msgr Kevin Hale


Send Fr Kevin a message

The best time to call Fr Kevin is weekday mornings 8-9

Priest's House

The Presbytery is attached to the church, but the entrance is around the corner


Clergy residing in the Parish

Rev Cornelius Joyce
Rev Basil Pearson
Rev John McCollough

Stewards of the Gospel


There has been a Catholic church in Leigh from earliest times. The Domesday book of 1086 mentions Leigh or Legra as a small fishing village. Because of its excellent position on the busy shipping route to London, by the sixteenth century it had developed into a prosperous port. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century Leigh is a busy town, much expanded, and attracts many visitors throughout the year.

Our parish is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes & Saint Joseph. It was founded in 1912 from Saint Helen's Parish in Westcliff. The church is a noble tribute to the generosity, hard work and sacrifice of generations of clergy and faithful. A history of the building. We are a thriving parish, through which the mission of the Church brings the Gospel of Christ and the fullness of Christian Truth to the men and women of Leigh-on-Sea.

We are always trying to improve, to serve our community better. In 2014 we completed a major project: the construction of the new Parish Centre.

Welcome to our community. May God bless you!

Msgr Kevin Hale
Parish Priest