The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes was founded in 1925 when the Marist Fathers bought the large house – Hop Villa – on Cottingham road where they opened Marist College, a Catholic secondary school for boys. On the left side of Hop Villa there was a small stable block which was to become the first parish church under their care with the name of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1957 the new church was built and consecrated under the name of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel. St Peter Chanel, the first Marist martyr, had been canonised in 1954.
The Marist Fathers established the Catholic Chaplaincy for the University of Hull. The chaplaincy was later taken over by the Diocese when Fr Anthony Storey established its base in Newland Park.
Marist College later merged with St Mary’s, a girls’ school run by the Sisters of Mercy, to become St Mary’s College and St Mary’s Sixth Form Centre.
Our parish continues today with the church and parish office and is home to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities, but, sadly, from Summer 2018 it will no longer be in the care of the Marist Fathers.