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By Debbie Reynolds, Pastoral Assistant


Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, affectionately known as SFX, had a weekend of celebrations over the First Sunday of Advent, for its feast day and 170th birthday.  


SFX church first opened its doors on 4 December 1848, the day after the patronal feast day, and has been staffed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) ever since.  The architect was JJ Scholes, who designed the nave in the early gothic decorated style using blue limestone for the slender pillars.  The Sodality Chapel, dedicated to the now closed Churches of St Joseph and St Mary of the Angels, was not built until 1888.  Over the past 170 years many beautiful additions have been made to the building, however, the main features have remained unaltered.  SFX has been described as ‘the most complete and moving repository of Victorian Catholic art in the country’.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank parishioners, the local churches, Faith Primary School, Notre Dame Catholic College, neighbourhood businesses, the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the Society of Jesus and friends of SFX Church Liverpool for their continued friendship and generosity in ensuring the church is still a wonderful place for worship.  


Group tours can be arranged with the possibility of afternoon tea, please contact the Church Office Tel: 0151 298 1911 for more details.

170 years at St Francis Xavier

SFX church first opened its doors on 4 December 1848

03 NEWS January 2019 SFX Anniversary