A CHURCH which owes its existence to a group of African missionaries celebrated its 50th anniversary at the weekend.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles, off Heston Road, Heston, was established by the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa and Algeria, known as the White Fathers.
Having come to the England to recuperate in the 1920s, a group of priests from the order set up a chapel to cater for the burgeoning Catholic population in Heston.
After 32 years in the area, in 1960, they returned to their missionary work in Africa - three years before the new church was built on the site of the White Sisters convent.
The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols visited the church, along with Hounslow's deputy mayor Corinna Smart, on Saturday (July 13) to mark its anniversary.
Somewhat fittingly, the current priest, Father Robert Ehileme, and his assistants came to the church from Nigeria, where they were part of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy.