The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady & St Hugh is located in the historic market town of Witney in Oxfordshire and can trace back its origins to 1913.
Fr Patrick Broun , the current parish priest, came to Our Lady & St. Hugh, Witney in October 2011.
Rev. Mr. Frank Ryan, our permanent deacon, has served the parish since 1997. He has responsibility for the training of the Altar Servers, Eucharistic services and ecumenical work. He also visits the sick, assists with weekend Masses and helps in a variety of other ways.
The Sisters of Providence arrived in the parish in October 2001 at the invitation of the Episcopal Vicar and the Dean. Their mission is to be a religious presence in West Oxfordshire and to work with the clergy to support parish and deanery life wherever possible. The two Sisters, Pauline and Gillian were originally accompanied by Sister Gilles who has now left this parish to join a community in London. Sr. Pauline, a retired head teacher, helps at St Joseph’s school in Carterton and is a member of the governing body. She helps with the over sixties club in Witney and visits the sick. Sr. Gillian is Advisor for Parish and Family Catechesis for Bishop Kenney's area of the diocese. She also helps to coordinate the Handicapped Fellowship to Lourdes in Easter week, is responsible for the youth who help with the sick on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in May and is involved with the musical activities in the parish. She advises the children's liturgy group and also trains children's liturgy readers and catechists for sacramental preparation. Although no longer a youth leader for Oxfordshire, each year Sr. Gillian still takes a group of children to a retreat at Alton Castle. Both the sisters conduct sacramental preparation, are Eucharistic Ministers and Readers and help in various other ways.