History

Our Lady of Lourdes Church was built at the instigation of the late Rev. Monsignor Richard Delaney and was served from the mother parish of St. Margaret's, Holyrood Place, Dunfermline until 1964.  In that year Our Lady of Lourdes became a parish in its own right with the appointment of Rev. John Kerrisk as the first Parish Priest.  Fr. Kerrisk died in 1972 but not before he had overseen the extension of the original church and the building of a house and Church Hall. 

During the Silver Jubilee celebrations tributes were paid to the memory of Fr. Kerrisk and to Monisgner Delaney by Cardinal Gordon Gray.  It was noted that a street leading from Aberdour Road had been named after Fr. Kerrisk by the former Dunfermline Town Council.  Cardinal Gray was assisted during the ceremony by his auxiliary, Bishop James Monaghan, and the Bishop of Dunkeld, Bishop Vincent Logan.  The Master of Ceremonies was the Rev. R. Holuka, private secretary to the Cardinal.  The event was attended by a large number of parishioners and among the guests were local MP Mr. Dick Douglas;  Provost Les and Mrs Wood; and some 25 members of the clergy.  Also in attendance were three priests who had served in the parish; Frs. J. Rogerson; M. McCullagh and J. Fox.  Invitations were also extended to the Senior Nursing Officers of the five local hospitals; the Rector of St. Columba's High School, Mr Ben Conway; and the headteacher of St. Margaret's Primary School, Miss R. M. Archbold.  The guest list also included Sister of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

A Garden Party was organised to celebrate the Golden Jubilee.  Due to the unpredictable nature of Scottish weather this was held indoors and was attended by Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who celebrated Mass, and a large number of parishioners.

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