Who are we

Welcome to the website for the Parish of the Three Patrons, Derry. Our parish is the largest in the diocese of Derry with a population of over 30,000, covering the areas of Pennyburn, Carnhill, Galliagh, Woodbrook and Skeoge.

The three patrons of our parish are Saints Patrick and Brigid, Apostles of Ireland, and St Joseph,  husband of Mary and foster-father of the child Jesus. They are represented on our logo by the three figures rowing the boat of faith on the sea of life.

Our Lord said: ‘Come, follow me’. As followers of Jesus, we are – each of us – on a sea journey of faith, hope and love. Each of us has a role to play, a purpose to fulfill. That purpose is the love and service of God, through the love and service of our fellow men and women. In this great enterprise, everyone is valuable and needed and no one is excluded.

None of us is perfect. On the journey of our lives, with all its ups and downs, its joys and its difficulties, we sometimes stumble and fall. But we are Christians, so we get up again and carry on following the Lord, trusting in His love and His mercy.

May we keep the faith St Patrick courageously gave to us. May we hand on the faith to future generations with the kindness and gentleness of St Brigid. May we trust in the goodness of God with the generosity of spirit of St Joseph.

Let us go forward as witnesses for Jesus as a parish community building up the body of Christ with our unique gifts and talents, inspired by the words of St Paul: “There is a variety of gifts, but always the same spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always the same lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them for a good purpose”.