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CB197 · Corporate body · 1977-

In 1977, the Guild of Our Lady of Ipswich (later renamed Meryemana) was founded with two aims – to pray for Christian Unity and to plan and achieve the re-establishment of the shrine of Our Lady of Grace at Ipswich.

On 10th September 2002, the Statue of Our Lady of Grace was blessed and installed by the Bishop of Richborough in the church of St Mary at the Elms, Ipswich. The statue, a replica of the statue at Nettuno, was carved by local artist Robert Mellamphy. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Roman Catholic Dean of Ipswich (Monsignor Peter Leeming), Father Andrew Philips of the Orthodox Church and the Reverend Elizabeth Bellamy of the Methodist Church.

P066 · Person · 1939-2020

1939: born
1996: Deacon
2001: Ordained
2019: retired

Obituary: RCDEA Yearbook 2021 Pg 74-75
2020: died

Strutt & Parker
CB103 · Corporate body · 1963

1963: Valuation of a house in Aldeburgh

Spellman, Paul Rev
P719 · Person · 2021-

2019, July 6: Ordained
2020: March
2021: Ipswich

P582 · Person · 1907-1987

"His working life as a botanist specialising in seeds. As the representative of an international seed-producing consortium of companies he gave his expertise to hundreds of horticultural nurseries and commercial greenhouses"
1907: born
1946: converted to Catholicism
1955: moved to Ipswich
1974: retired (aged 67)
1980: Published a book
1987: died - reported in Guild minutes 8-6-1987

P301 · Person · -2012

1977-1982: PP at St Mary Magdalen, Ipswich
?-1995-?: PP at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowesoft
2009: Retired from Lowestoft
2012: died

P345 · Person · 1935-2016

Tony Philpot was born in 1935 in Croydon. When war broke out the family moved to Bedford. Following education at Bedford School, he began his studies at the English College in Rome, was ordained in 1959, and returned to the Northampton diocese to serve as curate in Bedford and then the Cathedral.
His first pastoral charge was Leighton Buzzard, and, thereafter, all his parish appointments were in what became the East Anglia diocese. He went to Ipswich, Newmarket, and to Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, where he remained for fourteen years. His time there, where his gifts as a talented preacher and a gentle pastor were much appreciated, was one of change.
Tony was involved in reorganisation of Catholic state secondary education in Cambridge. When the East Anglia diocese was established, Bishop Clark put him in charge of RE, and later made him vicar general. The 1980s were a time when support to diocesan priests was given priority, and he co-ordinated this work. He also become involved in the Jesus Caritas Fraternity, and eventually became the worldwide responsible. This took him out of the country frequently, and, as a seasoned traveller, he soon learnt the perils of lost luggage. He boasted that he could be away for three weeks, just taking hand luggage with him and washing his clothes on a daily basis.
He was elected to the Old Brotherhood of the English Secular Clergy, the successor of the body which had, in penal times, been responsible for governing the Church in England. When he left Cambridge in 1994, Tony took the unusual step of returning to Ipswich, but was soon asked to look after Palazzola, the country villa of the English College, close to Lake Albano. He was increasingly asked to give retreats, and many dioceses benefited from his accessible wisdom and deeply-rooted spirituality. He wrote two books – ‘Priesthood in Reality’ and ‘You Shall be Holy’. Unsurprisingly, he was asked to move to the College to become Spiritual Director, a post he held for five years.
Retirement took him to Peterborough, where his linguistic gifts were harnessed in ministering to the large Portuguese-speaking community. After some years there he decided to move to London when an independent-living flat became available at St Anne’s in Stoke Newington. On being diagnosed with cancer he was transferred to the nursing home section of St Anne’s, where died on 16th July 2016.

P118 · Person · 1919-2011

20 June 1919, born at Rosyth, Fife. He studied at Blairs College, Aberdeen, then Scots College, Rome, in 1939 awarded a Bachelor of Philosophy. Ordained in December 1943. 1 February 1944, a curate to St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, before going to High Wycombe. 1951 Parish priest at Sacred Heart, Southwold for seven years and built a new church at Halesworth. 1958, priest-in-charge at St Peter’s RC Church, Gorleston - parish hall built and in 1964 the church was consecrated on the 25th anniversary of its opening. 1967, Dean of Ipswich and was responsible for opening St Mark’s Primary School and completing St Alban’s Secondary School. 1976, Canon McBride became administrator when St John’s was made a cathedral and became Vicar General. October 1980 he became Parish priest in Dereham for 2 years before going to St Mary Magdalane Parish in Ipswich. Before retirement he spent 12 years at St Joseph’s, Sheringham.
24 April 2011: died

P035 · Person · 1973-2022

1963-1970: Curate, St Pancras, Ipswich
1970-1973: Curate, St John the Baptist, Norwich
9-1973 - 7-1981: PP at Woodbridge
1981-2019: Assistant priest / PP, St Pancras, Ipswich
2019: retired
2022: died

Johns, Slater & Haward
CB087 · Corporate body · 1960

1960: Plans drawn for new Secondary School in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth

Jackaman & Sons
CB099 · Corporate body · 1923

1923: sale of Aldeburgh Presbytery to Diocese/Bishop

CB208 · Corporate body · 1981-

1981: Ipswich Historic Churches Trust was set up by the Ipswich Borough Council to care for five medieval town centre churches.

1988: commenced dialogue with Meryemana Foundation regarding St Nicholas Church

Ipswich Borough Council
CB207 · Corporate body · 1974-

Ipswich was a county borough from 1889 to 1974. Ipswich Borough Council was founded in 1974. The borough is covered by two parliamentary constituencies: Ipswich, which covers about 75% and Central Suffolk & North Ipswich, which covers the remaining 25%.

Hodgson, Alan Rev
P737 · Person · 2019-

2019: ordained
2022: Dean of St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich

Hennessy, David Rev (-2019)
P329 · Person · 2007-2019

-~1987: De La Salle Brother
1987: Head of the St Joseph’s College, Ipswich from the autumn of 1987
1998: Ordained
1998-?: Asst. Priest, All Souls' Peterborough
?-2007: Sawston as Parish Priest
2007-2014: PP St Felix, Felixstowe
died: 2019

Obituary: RCDEA Diocesan Yearbook 2020 pg75

P547 · Person · 1930-2020

1930: born
1978: Founding member of The Guild of Our Lady of Ipswich
2020: Died

Dr Maire Heley was born in St Albans on 22 July 1930 and attended a local convent school and grammar in London before winning a place at the Royal Free Hospital to study medicine. She won a national prize for surgery but always wanted to be a family doctor and after working at a hospital in Windsor she came to Ipswich as a GP. She had been a member British Medical Association for 66 years and a long-time parishioner at St Pancras, Ipswich.
She was instrumental in forging links with Nettuno in Italy which venerates a statue taken there by English sailors after it was rescued from the destruction of the English shrine. Maire supported, and was a representative at, many ecumenical functions in Ipswich. In her seventies she studied for the Maryvale Diploma in Evangelisation and Ministry and obtained a distinction. She also attended the East Anglia Diocesan adult learning courses that Bishop Michael Evans began.

Heath, Bernard R Rev (-2013)
P366 · Person · 1994-2013

1989: Ordained
1994: PP at Aldeburgh
2005: Retired from St Mary’s, Ipswich
2013: Died

Healey, Richard Fr
P638 · Person · 1980-

Fr Dick Healey retired to Montana in Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds. While resident there Fr Dick will be the chaplain to the Community of the Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion and the nursing home. He was brought up in Ipswich and was a regular altar server in St Mary's and St Pancras parishes. In 1973 he was sent to Campion House, Osterley and in 1974 he transferred to Oscott Seminary and was ordained as a priest in 1980. He served in St George's, Norwich and St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds, as parish priest at St Mary's, Ipswich, at Brandon and Mildenhall, at Woodbridge and as part of the clergy team in Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. His final four years as parish priest at Fakenham.

1980: Ordained
1996: writing to Bishop's Office re Guild of St Stephen
2016-2020: PP at Fakenham
2020: Retired

P701 · Person · 1933-2021

1933: born
1958: Ordained
1961-1967: Bishop's Secretary
1976: Canon
1995: retired
2021: died

Canon Michael was a priest of the Diocese of Northampton who had retired to the Diocese of East Anglia and has lived and assisted in the parish of St Mary’s Ipswich
(particularly in Holy Family, Kesgrave) for many years. In 2018, Canon Michael celebrated a special jubilee – marking 60 years of his service as a priest.
Obituary: RCDEA Yearbook 2021 Pg 77
Obituary: (accessed 6-1-2024)

Elanjikkal, Bineesh Rev OCD
P733 · Person · 2019-2022

2019: arrived from India
2019: assistant priest / chaplain in Ipswich
2022: returned to india