Cowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne – St Peter

On Tuesday 17 March we had a Deanery Chapter at St Peter’s Cowgate, another Deanery Church I have driven past thousands of times, but never been in. I don’t know the date of the church, but it is a solid brick building beside the main road.


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The interior is not particularly beautiful – sorry good folk of Cowgate. I like the altar cross and the banner, but the Stations don’t do a lot for me.

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As the church has no side chapels or anywhere for a few to gather, the Chapel of St John Boscoe has been built in the Vicarage.

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Wikipedia tells me that John Bosco, actually Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, was born on 16 August 1815 and died on 31 January 1888. He was an Italian Roman Catholic priest of the Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. A follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, Bosco dedicated his works to him when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Turin. Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls. In 1876 Bosco founded a movement of laity, the Association of Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor. Bosco established a network of organizations and centres to carry on his work. Following his beatification in 1929, he was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1934.

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