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St. Joseph Church
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Location Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
Country  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
 United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

The St. Joseph Church is a religious building belonging to the Catholic Church in the town of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas on the island of Tristan da Cunha, one of those that make up the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

The temple follows the Roman Rite or Latin rite and is part of the jurisdiction of the Mission sui juris of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (Missio sui iuris Sanctae Helenae, Ascensionis et Tristanensis).

This is one of three Catholic churches operating in that territory, the others being those located in Cat Hill, near Wideawake Airfield, on Ascension Island (Church of Our Lady of the Ascension) and Jamestown on the island of St Helena (Sacred Heart Church). It is one of the most remote Catholic churches in the world.

History

St Joseph's Catholic Church Tristan da Cunha
Interior of the church.

Built in 1995–96, the present church replaced a smaller one built in 1983. The Catholic faith was brought to the island in 1908 by two Irish women, Elizabeth and Agnes Smith. Dereck Rogers, Anne Green and James Glass, all lay preachers of the church, are grandsons of Agnes Smith.

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