The Priory Church is open each day for Mass and Private Prayer
The lovely old church dedicated to St Mary and to St Blaise dates from the early twelfth century. From an entry in the Domesday Book we know that Boxgrove had the status of a parish and that a church existed here before the Norman Conquest. All traces of this have been obliterated by the Priory, which is the daughter house of the Abbey of Lessay in Normandy and the "grand-daughter" of the great Benedictine Abbey of Bec Helouin. A more detailed history is available elsewhere on this site.
Sir Simon Jenkins
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The Priory Church sits in a delightful village in West Sussex, some 3 miles from the Cathedral City of Chichester and for over 900 years the villagers of Boxgrove have worshipped in this magnificent building. Its glory is still much in evidence in spite of losing the west end of the Priory during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII.
We hope that you not only enjoy this site but find the opportunity to visit us in person.
Please see the new service times on the Worship page.
The Priory will be open for private prayer after the daily mass until 4pm.
The church is now open for socially distanced attendance. Please observe all notices, as well as any directions by the sidespeople.
There will be recorded music at daily Masses; the Priory choir will usually sing at the 10:30am mass on Sundays, as well as special services.
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NEW SERVICE TIMES from 12th September 2021
After discussions at the PCC Standing Committee, Please see the Worship page for details. ALL service times have changed.
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Weddings and baptisms
If you wish to arrange a wedding or a baptism in the Priory, please contact Fr Ian in person after the 11:00am Mass on Sunday.