St. Joseph's Church, Cardiff

St. Joseph's Church, Cardiff, is a Roman Catholic church in Cardiff, Wales. It is administered by the Rosminians. It serves the areas of Gabalfa, Cathays, and Maindy.[1]

St. Joseph's Church, Cardiff
St. Joseph's Church, Gabalfa
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The west end of the church, as viewed from New Zealand Road.
51°30′3.73″N 3°11′21.38″W / 51.5010361°N 3.1892722°W / 51.5010361; -3.1892722
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic
Religious instituteRosminians
DedicationSt. Joseph
Architect(s)F. R. Bates
StyleRound-arched style
Years built1934-1936
Completed28 October 1936
Construction cost£11,000
Number of floors2
MaterialsRed Brick
ProvinceCardiff Province
ArchdioceseCardiff Archdiocese
DioceseCardiff Archdiocese
DeaneryCardiff Deanery
Priest(s)Fr. Justus Okibo, Fr. Philip Scanlan, Br. Brian Butler
Deacon(s)Mark Howe


The sanctuary, as viewed from the central aisle.

Early historyEdit

The Rosminians arrived in Cardiff in 1854.[2][3][4] They first established St. Peter's Church, Roath,[2] and St. Alban's Church, Splott.[2] The first church building of St. Joseph's used parts from an Iron Church at St. Alban's parish, which had a new building in 1911.[2][5] This opened on shrubland in Gabalfa on 1 June 1913, served by priests from St. Peter's parish.[2][3][4] In 1921, it became an independent parish, serving around 1,000 Catholics.[2]

The presbytery building was completed later in 1927.[5]

The current church building received funding in 1934 from an £11,000 donation from Thomas Callaghan after the death of his wife Edith.[2][5] It was designed by the architect F. R. Bates, with rounded arches and red-brown brick construction.[6] This opened on 28 October 1936.[2] It has a baptistery, bell tower, choir loft, and aisled nave.[5]

Modern historyEdit

The interior of St. Joseph's church was changed significantly after the Second Vatican Council.[2] The church hall was added in the late 2000s.[citation needed]


The current Viscount electric organ at St. Joseph's in the choir loft.


The organ at St. Joseph's was built in 1947 by Conacher and Co, with 6 ranks of pipes.[7] This organ remained in the church until 2008. when water damage meant that the organ was scrapped. It was replaced with an electric organ in 2008.


  1. ^ "St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canada Road, Maendy (14242)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Norman, Peter (February 2013). St. Joseph's Parish Cardiff - The Early Years 1913 - 1936. Cardiff: Self-Published. pp. 5–54.
  3. ^ a b "Saint Joseph's Parish, Cardiff - Clergy of the Parish". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "St Joseph's Cardiff - Served by the Rosminians". 31 July 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Rose, Jean M. (2013). "11". Written at Stroud. Cardiff churches through time. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 978-1-4456-1092-4. OCLC 824182948.
  6. ^ Newman, John; Hughes, Stephen R.; Ward, Anthony (1995). Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan. Cardiff. p. 285.
  7. ^ "NPOR [N11889]". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 29 September 2021.

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