The Society of St Augustine of Canterbury was founded in 1922 following a chance remark by the then Cardinal Bourne who, in his Silver Jubilee celebration, commented on the ever-increasing cost of maintaining Archbishop’s House in Westminster, which prior to that time had no specific provision for maintenance.
Located behind Westminster Cathedral, Archbishop’s House is a listed building of historical and architectural importance. The activities of the Society have undoubtedly helped to ensure its rightful place as an iconic landmark for Catholics and non-Catholics who live in and visit London.
The Society has been instrumental in helping to keep the building in good working and living order. Our contributions help to maintain it as the official residence of the Archbishop of Westminster and as a meeting place for the Catholic Ecclesiastical Authorities in England and Wales. The House has played host to numerous important events throughout its history including the visit by Pope John Paul II in 1982 (the first such visit by a reigning Pope) during Basil Cardinal Hume’s term of office as Archbishop.
The Society is a Registered Charity (No. 249033) and His Grace, the Duke of Norfolk is President of the Society.