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"Exquisite" Church Was Fish-And-Chip Shop

From a Special Correspondent Few visitors to Dolgelley for the recent National Eisteddfod realised that the exquisite little church of Our Lady of Dolours was formerly a fish-and-chip shop. The transformation is truly amazing and is a testimony of apostolic zeal, The lovely mural decorations, said by experts to be among the finest in North Wales, are the handiwork of F5 Francis Scalpel', the parish priest, who has served in the -Menevia Diocese for over twenty years.


There are only two dozen Catholics in this scattered parish, the birthplace of the celebrated Welsh Benedictine martyr, Blessed John Roberts; and Fr. Scalpell, apart from his chaplaincy duties at the Carmelite Convent and the catechizing of the children, spends the greater part of his time in beautifying his church and sanctuary.

He is a gifted musician, and, as many Eisteddfod visitors discovered, is keenly interested in Celtic history and literature.

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