St Marys Church Derby viewed from across bridge

Welcome to the website for St Mary’s Church and Parish, Derby. We hope you find it helpful and informative.

Whether you are a visitor to the city or a local, you are warmly invited to visit our magnificent Pugin church. You are welcome to attend a service or just pop in and have a walk round.

The church is open weekdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm (Mass at 1.00pm); on Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm (Mass at 12.00 noon) and 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Vigil Mass at 6.30pm). On Sundays the church is open 8.00am to 12.30pm (Masses at 9.00am and 11.00am) and 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Mass at 6.30pm).

Our Mission
“St Mary’s Parish Community exists to give glory to God, to foster the personal holiness of its members, and to bring Christ to the world.”

Our Vision
“An active, committed and involved community of people and priests working in harmony to achieve their parish mission.”

Church Nave

Our sister parish, Holy Family, based in Blenheim Drive, Allestree, Derby, is served by St Mary’s priests. Please refer to the Holy Family Parish website for Holy Family Mass and Service Times.

Meet our Priests

Canon Geoffrey Hunton STB BA

Born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, Canon Geoffrey left school at 16 and worked briefly for Yorkshire Bank.

He Joined Taylor Woodrow Construction and worked for several years in administration on a variety of sites and in regional offices. He was made redundant in 1991. In September 1992 he went to Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln in with a view to training as a primary school teacher. He graduated in July 1996.

After a change in his career plans, in September 1996 he began studies for the priesthood at St Mary’s College Oscott for the Diocese of Nottingham. He was ordained Deacon by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham in 2001 and ordained Priest by Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, in 2002.

Canon Geoffrey’s first appointment was as Assistant Priest to the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham with St Augustine’s, Woodborough Road and Our Lady & St Patrick’s in the Meadows, Nottingham. In January 2006 he was appointed Bishop’s Chaplain to Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP. In September 2011 he was appointed Cathedral Dean and Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, Woodborough Road, and Our Lady & St Patrick’s in the Meadows, Nottingham. After a total of 15 years at the Cathedral at Nottingham, in September 2017 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Derby and Holy Family, Allestree.

He admits to having only a superficial interest in football (Irish or English). He enjoys watching tennis and just wishes he could play! He also enjoys the theatre, concerts, reading – particularly biographies - and history and historical novels.

Canon Timothy O'Sullivan

Fr Tim was born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. before moving at the age of 2 months to County Kerry, Eire. He is the eldest of six children. He studied for the priesthood at Kilkenny College and was ordained on 4 June 1961 for the Diocese of Nottingham.

His first appointment was as Assistant Priest at St Mary’s, Derby under the tutelage of the then Parish Priest, Monsignor Humphrey Wilson. Since then Fr Tim has been Assistant Priest at Holy Souls, Scunthorpe, and at St Mary’s, Worksop. In 1972 he was appointed Parish Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover, Derby, and then in 1976 moved to Holy Trinity Parish, Newark.

He returned to St Mary’s, Derby in 1993 and can often be seen riding his bike around the parish when visiting his parishioners. In 2000 he was made Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. On 4th June 2011 he celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. His main interests outside the parish are golf, the Kerry football team and his extended family - not necessarily in that order!

Meet our Deacons

Deacon Chris Blunt

Deacon Chris Blunt

Deacon Chris was born on the 15th December 1949 in Bolton, Lancashire, the 6th of 7 children born to Ben and Margaret Blunt. Chris left school shortly after his 15th birthday and was employed as an apprentice butcher working at various businesses in the Bolton area. It was while working at Bolton Cooperative Society that Chris met Elaine and in 1975, they got married at St. Brendan’s Church, Harwood, Bolton. They set up home in Derby where they had bought a butcher’s business which Chris ran for 23 years before selling the business in 1998. Elaine and Chris have four children, Eve, Anna, Matthew and Megan - all the children having attended St. Mary’s and St. Benedict School.

Chris then spent 17 years working as a government inspector with the Food Standards Agency and its predecessors before retiring in 2014.

Elaine and Chris have two small grandchildren; Oscar and Louie.

Chris has been an active parishioner in St. Mary’s for over 30 years beginning with reading at Mass, chair of Derby Deanery Justice and Peace Group, and involved in various catechetical programmes. After the Nottingham assembly of 2003 Chris helped to set up St. Mary’s liturgy group and was its chairman for the first seven years. Chris and Elaine enjoy walking, gardening, looking after the grandchildren and going on holiday.

After four years of formation at Oscott College in Birmingham, Chris was ordained as a Deacon for Nottingham Diocese by Bishop Patrick McKinney on the 11th June 2016.

Deacon Martin Farrell

Deacon Martin Farrell

Deacon Martin was brought up in a traditional Catholic family in the town of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He attended the Sacred Heart Primary School and the Salesian Missionary College at Shrigley Park, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. After working in the Department of Health and Social Security, he studied for over three years at the Royal Scots College in Valladolid, Spain.

He went on to complete a BA Honours Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with Philosophy in 1984, and a PhD on Spanish Catholicism at the University of Strathclyde in 1992. The same year, he moved to Derby to take up a Senior Lecturer post at the new University there, and also worked as a residential student warden.

In 1993, he married his wife Monica who gave birth to their two daughters, Louisa and Gemma, and they have been part of St Mary’s Parish since then. In 2000, he published his book on The Search for the Religious Ideal in Castillo-Puche, and took up a teaching post at Loughborough University. He was also a Foundation Governor of St Benedict School in Derby from 2002 to 2015.

He began his Diaconate studies in 2010 at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham and was ordained a Deacon at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, on 1 November 2014. Back in his native Scotland, Martin has been a keen hillwalker who, along with his wife and children, have conquered a few Munro mountains over the years.

St Mary’s Mass Times

Day Time Venue
Sunday9:00am, 11:00am, 6:30pmChurch
Monday1:00pmLady Chapel
Tuesday1:00pmLady Chapel
Wednesday1:00pmLady Chapel
Thursday8:00am, 1:00pm8:00am Convent
Friday8:00am, 1:00pm8:00am Convent
Saturday12:00 noonLady Chapel
Effective from 1st December 2018 there is no longer a Saturday 6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s. There is a Saturday 5.30pm Mass at Christ the King parish at Mackworth and a Saturday 6.00pm Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mickleover.

Please note: at certain times in the year some Mass Times can change. Please check the newsletter for the latest information.

Holy Days of Obligation

St Mary’s Church

7.30pm Vigil Mass
Holy Day 1.00pm and 7.30pm

St Mary's School

How to find us

St Mary’s Church is sited between Darley Lane and Arthur Street, overlooking the Derby inner ring road (A 601 - St Alkmund’s Way) though it cannot be reached directly from the ring road.


If approaching from the north, turn left off Duffield Road (A6) into Edward Street. Then turn right at the bottom of Edward Street into Darley Lane. The church lies at the end of this road.

If approaching from any other direction follow the signs off the inner ring road for the A6 (north - Duffield, Belper, Matlock), then into the ‘one-way’ system through Garden Street, stay in the right hand lane, and follow the road round through the traffic lights bearing right, staying in the one way system until you are heading south on Duffield Road, then move into the left hand lane and turn left into Edward Street. Turn right at the bottom of Edward Street into Darley Lane. St Mary’s lies at the end of this road. There is a parish carpark next St Mary’s Church and Parish Centre.

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Fr Tim

Parish Priest:
Canon Geoffrey Hunton

01332 346126

Fr Neil canon.geoffrey@stmarysparish.co.uk

Rectory, Bridge Gate, Derby DE1 3AU

Assistant Priest:
Canon Timothy O'Sullivan


Parish Administrator:
Selina Alton

01332 346126


catechetical-coordinator-Fran- Wickes

Catechetical Co-ordinator:
Fran Wickes

01332 346126


St Mary’s parish is part of the Diocese of Nottingham.

Diocesan website:

Patrick McKinney

Our Bishop is Patrick McKinney who was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015. He succeeded Bishop Malcolm McMahon who was appointed Archbishop of Liverpool in May 2014.


Bridge Gate Convent

(01332) 346920

St. Philomena's Convent

Highfields, Broadway

(01332) 550122

Beechwood Convent - Broadway

(01332) 558043

Parish Handbook

Please find linked adigital copy of out Parish Handbook

If you require a paper copy please contact: Selina Alton Parish Administrator

01332 989505


Useful Links

Holy Family Parish Website

Nottingham Diocese Website

Catholic Herald

Total Catholic

The Tablet


Aid to the Church in Need


The Pugin Society


A huge thanks to all those who have contributed their time, comments, information and photo's which have facilitated the construction of the website.

Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Website: Martyn Bloor