The Dominicans replaced the Passionists and serve the area until 1932, when the diocese took over responsibility for the parish. Well-known Dominicans, such as Fr Bede Jarrett, were associated with Nympsfield. There was a Dominican presence in more recent times as well, in the person of Fr Edwin Essex. St Joseph’s church contains a 15th century font, and a 12th century niche in the Lady chapel. Adjacent to the church is the parish school: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Beyond that is the Marist convent. Nympsfield and Dursley have had a long association. Originally priests would travel from Nympsfield to Dursley. Now it is the other way round. It is a flourishing community, and many families attend the Saturday evening Mass.
'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'
Matthew 22: 39
Our parish is a Christian community that has faith, action and hope at the heart of it. With strong links to Father Philip at St Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Marion Missionary Sisters of the poor, we celebrate a common desire to change the world through the values and virtues presented in the teachings of Jesus. Our parish has the opportunity to take part in the prayer life of the school, celebrations, retreats, masses and community inspired events. This community spirit is driven through our children’s desire to change our world; choosing to work closely with others in solidarity.