It will become the second church in the Diocese of Lancaster to be assigned to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) whose celebrate Mass exclusively according to the Extraordinary Form.
The ICKSP already have responsibility for St Walburge's in the city and Bishop Campbell of Lancaster said “We are very grateful for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and the dedication they have to evangelizing through use of the extraordinary form,”
Bishop Campbell continued “The Institute has shown tremendous energy in conveying a sense of the sacred through their proven ministry at St Walburge’s and around the world. We are especially encouraged that their care and ministry in large and historic churches may also be instrumental in preserving English Martyrs church now and going forward.”
For the Institute, Canon Amaury Montjean said “We are deeply grateful to Bishop Campbell for his gracious invitation. Our entire Institute family is very glad for this new apostolate at English Martyrs. Like St Walburge’s, it will be a unique spiritual home offering Masses with sacred music, daily confessions, days of recollection, classes in spirituality and doctrine etc”.
Also in Preston, the ICKSP are making progress towards the estabilishment of an Independent School under the patronage of St Benedict. This will be located adjacent to St Walburge's at Weston Street.