About Our Parish

Humble Beginnings

Connecting all people with the Word of God in Jesus Christ has been a pillar of Saint Bede Catholic Church’s legacy from the very beginning. We have grown from a Catholic College Chapel in 1932 and dedicated parish in 1939 to a thriving community of thousands disciples. Through the formation programs of adult, young adult, college, and youth Bible studies, classes, and speakers, Saint Bede Catholic Church continues to strengthen our understanding of the Gospel message and grow our relationship with Christ in a new way.

We began by ministering to the spiritual needs of students, faculty, local residents and visitors in 1932 with Bishop Andrew Brennan’s sanctioning of the construction of the Catholic College Chapel of Williamsburg. As Williamsburg continued to grow, we did too, especially with the appointment of Fr. Thomas Walsh as the first pastor of the newly dedicated Saint Bede Parish in 1939. Our Richmond Road location became the first American shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham. Our parish responded to the needs of the times by becoming a haven for Catholic military personnel and their families during World War II. The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1947 and began their ministry of teaching at Walsingham Academy. 

In the following decades, we grew with Williamsburg and soon found ourselves blessed with the need for a larger church building. In 2003, parishioners worked with our then pastor, Monsignor William Carr to build our current church at 3686 Ironbound Road. 

Today in Our Parish

Our ministry continues! As a community of disciples who form disciples, we grow together in Word, Worship, Community, Service, and Witness. Under the guidance of our pastor, Monsignor Josoph Lehman, our parish a diverse group of Christians seeking to answer Christ's call in our lives. We invite you to explore our website and come visit in person as you find your home within our growing community!



For more information, call our Parish Office at 757-229-3631 or visit our Ministry directories.

Information about the history of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham can be found here.