Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe St. - Wexford Camino

Rowe Street Church, Wexford Town

The Church of the Immaculate Conception and St John is one of Wexford’s twin churches.

The foundation stone was laid in 1851 and the first mass was said there on April 25th 1858, one week after the Church of the Assumption its “twin” in Bride Street. it is made of local red sandstone and Wicklow granite. A statue of Fr James Roche, the founder of the churches stands in the grounds.

The magnificent stained glass east window was donated by the Behan family. Mr. Behan was principal of the Diocesan school, where Fr Roche was educated.

It is interesting to note that the money collected for these churches was done at a time when large areas of Ireland were devastated by famine.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Having followed in the footsteps of Saint Ibar and all the holy men and women of Wexford, help me to ponder the faith that they witnessed to and passed on.

Like Saint Ibar on Begerin Island in Wexford Harbour, may I preserve an island of peace within me where I can meet with you Lord and hear your voice.

Like our ancestors in faith throughout the ages of Wexford, may I seek to serve you Lord and all those I encounter on my journey.

When times are difficult, may I remember the struggles of the holy people of Wexford and persevere in life knowing that you are always with me.

And like Fr Roche who built the Twin Churches, help me to build the Kingdom of God here in my own time within my family and community.

May the Twin Church spires of Wexford, pointing gracefully to the sky, remind me to seek first your Kingdom and all other things shall then be added (Matt. 6:33).

I ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint Ibar pray for us.