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A celebration of priesthood in East Anglia

"East Anglia: A Celebration of Priesthood Massand lunch took place at Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland and at the Bishop's White House on 13th June." Article continues...
Image with caption: "Pictures above with Bishop Alan Hopes (centre) outside the White House, are from the left, Fr Michael Vulliamy, Fr Roger Spencer, Fr Anthony Shryane and Fr Denys Lloyd."

The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

Anne Clark 25 years Service - press coverage

A parishioner at St John's Cathedral has been honoured for 25 years service to Catholic overseas mission Missio with a medal and
certificate Anne Clark has been a Local Secretary for APF-Mill Hill, which is part of Missio, for 25 years since volunteering for the role back in 1993.
Missio is the pope's official charity for overseas mission and is part of the worldwide Pontifical Missionary Societies.

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The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

Bishop warns on road plan

The article begins: "The Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Clark, last night warned planners of the controversial final stage of the city's inner ring road."
Image: Bishop with headmistress (Sr Mary Cluderay) and pupils at the prizegiving at Notre Dame High School.

Eastern Evening News (1882-)

Dowry Tour - press coverage

The two-year Dowry tour will reach St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich from 28 February to 2nd March. The tour is organised by the Shrine at Walsingham and by the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom.

The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

Epiphany youth celebration - press coverage

A youth celebration of Epiphany lit up the skies Sunday evening (6th January) when around 200 young people and their families from across the Diocese of East Anglia enjoyed a candlelit Mass, bonfire, hot dogs and a firework display. The annual Epiphany Candlelight Mass took place at the church of Our Lad of the Annunciation in Poringland, organised by the Ignite team with attendees from across Norfolk. Suffolk, Cambs and Peterborough.

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The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

Grant boost allows project to go ahead - press report

An award by Biffa follows an application by Suzi Pendlebury the Diocesan Architect. Allows refurbishment of the toilets.
"A much-needed refurbishment project at St John the Baptist Cathedral Narthex in Norwich is to go ahead." Article follows. Picture of the Nathex and Cathedral garden.

Universe Catholic Weekly (2021-)

Happy birthday Bishop Hopes - press report

"Bishop Alan Hopes marked his 75th birthday last Sunday when parishioners of St John the Baptist Cathedral gathered in the Narthex after Solemn Mass and sang Happy Birthday to him." (Article continues...). Image of Bishop Hopes, children and cake.

The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

Hunstanton shrine restored in memory of war soldiers - press coverage

A shrine to Our Lady in Hunstanton in North West Norfolk has been restored and consecrated in memory of Polish troops who helped defend the county from the threat of invasion during the Second World War. When The Church of Our Lady and St Edmund in Hunstanton was built in 1905, it was no larger than a Lady Chapel and could only seat a few people. In 1940, a unit of Polish soldiers, billeted at nearby Heacham, came to man an armoured train that protected the coast as far as King's Lynn. They built an altar and a shrine in the garden and outdoor services were held. Expansion of the church in the 1950s lead to the demolition of the shrine and altar. A Polish lady parishioner, with the support of the Polish and parish communities, decided to rebuild the shrine in the grounds of the Church to commemorate all the troops.

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The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

In brief ... "5 men were ordained"

"Norwich: An event unprecedented in the 43-year history of the Diocese of East Anglia took place on Saturday 6th July in St John's Cathedral, when five men [Alfonso-Jude Belna, Michael Brookes, Simon Davies, Alan Hodgson, Paul Spellman] were ordained as priests in a single day.". The article continues...

The Catholic Times

Norfolk sisters mark Congregation’s 150th anniversary

The Daughters of Divine Charity, who have a convent and school in Swaffham and a small care home in Hunstanton, have celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of their Congregation with events in Vienna and Norwich.

The Congregation was founded in Vienna in 1868 by Mother Franciska Lechner and an international celebration was held in the Austrian capital city for three days in early June.

Provincial Superior Sr Thomas More, Sr Danuta, Sr Kasjana, Sr Bernarda, Sr Linda and three Novices went to Vienna along with three girls from the Year 10 class at Sacred Heart and two teachers. There were also three young girls from Chesterfield who are interested in joining the Congregation and Fr Michael Johnstone, the former Parish Priest of Swaffham.

Bishop Alan Hopes also invited the Sisters, the school, friends and parishioners to an 11.30am Celebration Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on July 5 to mark the anniversary.

Sr Francis Ridler said: “The 150th Anniversary at the Cathedral was a very special occasion. The pupils sang with enthusiasm and all who had individual tasks exceeded expectations. It was a wonderful community effort with school staff, Bishop Alan, several priests, parishioners, friends and parents joining in our celebration.

“Many parishioners at the Cathedral praised the organisation and good behaviour of the pupils. The children enjoyed seeing the Sisters from Chesterfield and Hunstanton.”

The offertory procession included items that represented the Sisters and school such as a candle, its emblem, the mission statement and a globe. Year 6 escorted the Nursery children who held flags from the 20 countries in which the sisters work.

One of the highlights of the Mass was a Year 11 pupil, Emily Ringwood, singing a solo Pia Jesu and the angelic voices of Sr Michaela and Sr Danuta as they sang the responsorial psalm.

The Mass was followed by a barbecue in the Narthex gardens organized by staff from the Narthex and from Sacred Heart school.

The Sisters said they would like to thank Bishop Alan for his invitation and for allowing his staff to work with the Sacred Heart Team to organise the Mass and barbecue.

Pictured above at the Norwich celebration Mass are sisters, pupils, priests and Bishop Alan. Picture by Rod Glenister.

More pictures by Michael Hill can seen by clicking here

Morris, Keith

Norwich Cathedral bids a fond farewell to Fr Seelan - press report

"Norwich: St John the Baptist Cathedral bid a sad farewell to much-loved priest Fr Arockilya Seelan on Sunday 27th January.
"Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet wine." With these words from Ezra the priest the congregation was sent out following a farewell Mass for Fr Seelan attended by over 300 people who turned out to wish him all the best for his new role and to thank him for his great contribution to St John's, particularly as chaplain at the
hospital. ..."

The Catholic Universe (1860-2021)

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