About Us


St Wilfrid’s Church is the Parish Church for Cantley, Bessacarr and Branton, serving some 6,000 homes in those communities and situated some 4 miles SE of Doncaster town centre. There has been a church on the site since the 11th Century. Details of the history of St Wilfrid’s Church and the Life of St Wilfrid may be found in the ‘History’ section of our website.


St Wilfrid’s Church has been firmly established in the Catholic tradition within the Church of England for over one hundred years and is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfrid & St Hilda and Forward in Faith. St Wilfrid’s Church is part of the Deanery of Doncaster, within the Diocese of Sheffield, and under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt. Revd. Glyn Webster.


The Revd. Canon Andrew Howard became our Vicar in October 2013.

Fr. Andrew, as he is known to us, was born in Derby in 1963. After school, he worked in Hotel Management for fifteen years, latterly as the Front Office Manager for Hilton International Hotels at Manchester Airport. During this time he obtained a BA in Theology & Religious Studies at Manchester University.

In 1995, he commenced his Ordination Training at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield and during that time obtained an MA from Leeds University. He was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Southwell in 1997 and Priest in 1998. He served as Assistant Curate at the Priory Church of Our Lady & St Cuthbert, Worksop, in the Diocese of Southwell, from 1997 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2005, Fr. Andrew was Vicar of St Timothy’s, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, in the Diocese of York, where he was also a School Governor of two local Primary Schools.

In 2005, he was appointed Chaplain to the University of Teesside, in the Diocese of York. During his years at the University of Teesside, Fr. Andrew was also an Associate Priest at St Columba with St Paul & St John the Evangelist, both Anglo Catholic Parishes. He also served as a member of General Synod – House of Clergy – for the Diocese of York from 2009 until his appointment as our Vicar in 2013.

Fr. Andrew has a strong attachment to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and has led annual Parish Pilgrimages and Youth Pilgrimages to the Shrine for the last ten years.

Since his arrival at St Wilfrid’s, Fr. Andrew has been appointed to the Sheffield Diocesan Synod and is a Governor of St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School in Branton.

Fr. Andrew was appointed Joint Area Dean of the Doncaster Deanery in July 2018

It was announced in Sheffield Cathedral at the end of the Eucharist on Sunday 7<sup>th</sup> February 2021, by the Acting Dean, the Revd. Canon Geoffrey Harbord, that six new Honorary Canons of Sheffield Cathedral have been appointed, of whom one is our Vicar, Fr. Andrew Howard.

We offer our congratulations to Fr. Andrew on this appointment, which is so very well deserved, not only for all that he has done for St Wilfrid’s but also for the wider community in the Doncaster Deanery & the Diocese of Sheffield and within the Hickleton Chapter.



8.00 a.m.   Said Mass         

10.00 a.m. Parish Mass


9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. (in term time) - "Tots on Tuesday"

for Pre-School Children with Parents or Carers   Currently suspended due to COVID Restrictions


6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  (in term time)  "Church for Children"

for Children of Primary School Age                         Currently suspended due to COVID Restrictions


2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month

Seniors' Tea Service.      <span style="font-size: 1rem;">A short Service followed by 'Tea & Chat' for the elderly and housebound - transport arranged.                                                                      </span>Currently suspended due to COVID Restrictions


7.30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Devotional Society with Benediction


9.30 a.m. Said Mass

10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Coffee , Tea & Scones.   The Cake Stall is currently suspended but will be re-instated in due course


7.00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month

Mothers' Union Meeting

There is a Branch of the Mothers' Union in the Parish which meets monthly.



7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. "Youth Group O.M.G (Obey My God)"

for 11yrs to 16yrs Age Group                             Currently suspended due to COVID Restrictions



8.00 p.m.  Said Mass



9.30 a.m.  Said Mass



Vicar :  Father Andrew Howard

The Vicarage, 200 Cantley Lane, Doncaster DN4 6PA

Telephone: 01302 285316

E-mail: [email protected]



David Halksworth      01302  771040

Jeff Nadin                     01302  537533

PCC Secretary

Christine Reeves         01302  530174

Parish Administrator 

George Armitage      01302 535967


Diana Halksworth       01302 771040