ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI
St Francis church was built circa 1934 to provide for the catholic community of the expanding areas of the west of Linthorpe, Acklam and Whinney Banks, The parish area originally covered the whole of Acklam, through Brookfield and up to Hemlington. St Clare's and the "new" Cathedral stand in that part of the original parish area which for most of the 30's, 40's and 50's was mainly arable area. With the residential development of Acklam (South) and Brookfield, in 1967 St. Clare's church was built and established as a separate parish to ease the tremendous congregation pressure that was being felt at St. Francis (then with a Parish Priest assisted by two curates celebrating at least 4 Masses every Sunday plus Masses at Hemlington hospital).
Formally the extended parish is called St. Francis Parish, with St Clare's church being a 'chapel of ease'. But, reality of the local situation is that it is referred to as "St. Francis' & St. Clare's".
St. Francis of Assisi, Acklam, Middlesbrough.
In January 2023 Mgr. Robinson moved to Stokesley and his role as Parish Priest, for the extended area, was taken up by Cannon Paul Farrer.
There are a variety of parish support, evangelical and social activity groups within the parish. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus epidemic, these activities all were put on hold. Now, however, as parishioners are returning to a "normal" life situation these activity groups are re-establishing themselves and the parish is becoming more active once more.
Its geographic area includes a number of residential/nursing homes.
An independent but mutually supporting social club, St Francis Social Club, is established with its own premises at the rear of the church presbytery.
All of these things, together, create an an active, parishioner participating parish.