Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris
Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris

The history of Saint George's

Anglican worship has been celebrated in France from the sixteenth century onwards, initially only in the private chapel of the English Ambassador. During the English Civil War, Paris and St-Germain-en-Laye became notable centres of Anglican worship, centred around the exiled courts of Queen Henrietta Maria and the future Charles II, and priests were ordained. Following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the court of James II at St-Germain-en-Laye and Bar-le-Duc in Lorraine, became centres for Anglican worship.


Following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Britons flocked to France. In 1824, the Reverend Lewis Way, Chaplain to the British Ambassador, established a chapel in the  Quartier Marboeuf. The building had been designed as a picture gallery but was adapted for worship. In 1842 it was demolished and, in 1844, replaced by another church at 10 again in the rue Marboeuf. In 1883, this church was demolished as the whole site had been sold to the Ville de Paris to enlarge the Champs Elysées.


A new site was purchased in the Rue Auguste Vacquerie (formerly the Rue des Bassins) and a temporary iron chapel erected. This was replaced by a large gothic building, begun in 1887 and consecrated in 1889. The site was redeveloped during the 1970s and the present building was consecrated on 11 February 1979.


Ministry to the English community in Paris has been punctuated by the upheavals of the nineteenth century as well as the wars of the twentieth. One of the most famous chaplains, in Paris and London, was Fr Frederick Anstruther Cardew who in 1913 determined that his work should be about protecting the large number of English girls who came to work in the dance halls of Paris.


You can find more about Fr Cardew by following this link to Patrick Comerford's Blog.


Historical background indebted to Roger Greenacre, The Catholic Church in France: An Introduction, London: Council for Christian Unity, 1996.


The history of St. George's is the subject of a short guide "An Anglican Adventure" written by our Chaplain, Father Matthew Harrison, published recently (see below).

An Anglican Adventure: The History of Saint George's

Anglican Church, Paris


Fr. Matthew Harrison's excellent short history of St. George's, Paris, An Anglican Adventure is now available from the Chaplaincy Office: only 10 euros + postage and packaging.


Fr. Matthew was Assistant Chaplain at St. George's from 1995 to 2002. He then had a period of sabbatical leave which gave him the ideal opportunity to research and write this book, he returned to St. George's as Chaplain between 2007-18.


He has brought to life a wonderful series of priests and, as he says in his introduction, "The story is set against the background of France and Europe's turbulent history: revolution and bloodshed and turmoil in the nineteenth century with 'regime change' in 1830, 1848, 1851 and 1870; and then the two world wars in the twentieth century, with Paris occupied from 1940 to 1944. It is the story of an Anglican church in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country, and which has had an importance in the history of ecumenism out of all proportion to its size. A church whose priests and people have led the way in the progress of mutual knowledge and understanding between the churches".

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08:30    Holy Communion (1662)

10:30    Solemn Eucharist

16:30    Messe Malgache

               (1st & 3rd Sundays

                of the month)


18:00            Evening Prayer 

18:30            Eucharist


09:15            Morning Prayer         

18:00            Evening Prayer

18:30            Eucharist


12:00            Eucharist

18:00            Evening Prayer followed by Exposition of the                                Blessed Sacrament


09:15            Morning Prayer     18:00            Evening Prayer

18:30            Eucharist


19:00            Stations of the Cross

                       by Zoom


12:00           Eucharist

18:00           L'eucharistie

                       en français

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Saint George's Church, Paris
7 rue Auguste Vacquerie,

75116 Paris


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