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Diocesan Papal Bull

Translation of Latin text:

PAUL, BISHOP, SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD (as a perpetual record)

That which the second Vatican Council laid down concerning the delineation of ecclesiastical boundaries We judge to apply to the Diocese of Northampton, which it appears opportune to divide so as to create a new diocese. For by God’s favour the welfare of the Catholic Church in the large eastern part of the diocese seems to have prospered, and seems likely to prosper further in the future.

At the request therefore of our Venerable Brother Charles Alexander Grant, Bishop of Northampton, with the support of Episcopal Conference of England and Wales, that we should establish a new diocese by the division of the same. We, on the advice of our venerable Brother Bruno Bernard Heim, titular Bishop of Xanthia and Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, by our Apostolic power determine and ordain the following.

From the Diocese of Northampton We remove those counties known in English as Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, and erect them into a Diocese to be known as East Anglia, to be circumscribed by and coterminous with the said counties. Its See is to be located in the City of Norwich, and the Bishop’s cathedra set up in the church of Saint John the Baptist, in the same city, which is to be its cathedral. To the Bishop we grant those rights proper to, and impose upon him those obligations incumbent upon, resident bishops. The said diocese shall be suffragan to the metropolitan See of Westminster, and the Bishop subject to the Archbishop of the said See. The Bishop’s support is to be provided for from the income of the diocesan Curia, the moneys given by the faithful and that part of the diocesan property agreed upon by the ordinaries concerned, whilst respecting the wishes of any respective pious founders or benefactors.

Until such time as a Chapter of Canons shall be established, diocesan Consultors are to be appointed according to law. As far as the government and administration of the diocese are concerned, the election of a Vicar capitular, and other similar matters, are to be strictly adhered to. A seminary is also to be set up, and boys and young men are to be educated therein, according to the norms of the Second Vatican Council and the rules laid down by the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. As for the clergy, we determine that those priests be assigned to the Diocese of East Anglia who hold a benefice or ecclesiastical office therein: other clergy are to belong to the diocese in which they lawfully reside. However, the diocesan Bishops, on consultation with the priests and clerics concerned, may if necessary make other provision for their incardination, as seems fitting.

Finally, the documents and acts concerning the diocese of East Anglia are to be sent to its Curia to be preserved in its archive.

Let our aforementioned Venerable Brother Bruno Heim provide for the execution of these matters which we have prescribed, and on their conclusion send an account of the same to the Sacred Congregation for Bishops.

We wish these Apostolic letters to be ratified, now and in the future, all things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given in Rome, at St Peter’s, on the thirteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventy six, the thirteenth of our Pontificate.

+John, Cardinal Villot +Sebastian Cardinal Baggio
Secretary of State Prefect of the S. Congregation for Bishops
Godfrey Mariani, Protonotary Apostolic

Paul VI (1897-1978)

Chancery

The Chancery office directly assists The Bishop of East Anglia in the pastoral and administrative governance of the Diocese of East Anglia. The Chancery, on behalf of the bishop, expedites canonical matters; collects and preserves diocesan and parish records; assists parishes and priests with civil matters; maintains files on priests and parishes; collects statistical information for the Diocese; facilitates communications with other dioceses and the Vatican; handles requests for papal blessings and tickets for papal audiences; provides information on the Church or directs inquirers to appropriate sources; and oversees diocesan offices.

Bishop's Office

Diocese of East Anglia Internal Communications Survey - report and recommendations

Report contains:
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Communications between Bishop and Clergy [recommendations 1 to 15]; Communications between Bishop and Laity [recommendations 16 to 18]; Communication between Bishop, Clergy and Laity [recommendations 19 to 38]; Communications between Clergy and Laity [recommendations 39 to 41]; Communications among the Clergy [recommendations 42 to 44]; Communications among the Laity; The Diocesan Communications Team [recommendation 45]; Conclusion

Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales

St Etheldrea, Ely

Bishop announcing an arrangement to use Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel for Sunday Mass, at the invitation of the Dean and Chapter. St Etheldreda' Church is being repaired following storm damage. Fr Brendan Peters did not accept this need but the Bishop made arrangements through the Chancellor, Canon Paul Taylor.

Manley, Robert Rev (-1983)

Celebration of Faith; Dedication of a Chapel in St John the Baptist Cathedral Church

Celebration of Faith at St John the Baptist involving leaders from Catholic, Anglican, United Reform Church, Salvation Army, Methodists. Bishop Clerk to preach.
Chapel, in the North Transept, to be dedicated as a place of prayer for Christian Unity.
Start of the Centenary Year of St John the Baptist Cathedral Church.

Dowsey, Gary Rev (1955-)

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