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Bishop Calls for more Priests

Bishop Clark 's pastoral letter for Sunday 2 March 1986 appeals for men to offer themselves for the priesthood. Currently, 125 priests serve in the diocese with 11 in training. More priests are needed as numbers of priests decline and the Catholic congregation increases - from 65,000 ten years ago to 80,000 now.

Dowsey, Gary Rev (1955-)

"Bishop Clark deplores blight of Violence and Revenge"

Announcing a pastoral letter: "The Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan C Clark, urges the nation this weekend 'to take out the word enemy from our conversation and substitute brother or sister'."
Other quotations from the pastoral letter which was enclosed [not present] with this press release.

Dowsey, Gary Rev (1955-)

Bishop to Fr Brown: "In God's Name" by David Yallop

The book is a mish-mash of fact and error written to destroy the credibility of the Catholic Church. "... not only Christ's Church but it is also a wagon-load of sinners." ".. to be loved and cherished in spite of our failures, for it is the Body of Christ." The Bishop would not refer to such libels and calumnies in a Pastoral, nor in any pronouncement from the pulpit.
p.s. looking forward to September's visitation. "Marcinkus may have been a fool and incompetent but he is not a bad man. I know him personally and he has been savagely traduced."

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Catholic Commission to Lead Welfare Drive

Text of Pastoral Letter [not present].
Bishop Clark to announce the establishment of a Commission to spur on social welfare work of Roman Catholic Parishes and organisations. The Diocesan Welfare Commission will be chaired by Fr Philip Shryane of Dereham.

Dowsey, Gary Rev (1955-)

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-)

Fr Brown to Bishop: Peter's Pence. "In God's Name" by David Yallop

Greetings for New Year and Christmas. The book "In God's Name" by David Yallop has triggered comments (e.g. the extract attached) which makes it difficult to promote Peter's Pence. Suggest to the Bishop that this topic may be a good subject for a Pastoral Letter. Visitation planned in September for the Ruby anniversary of the church in Wymondham.
Extract: "... believed the expose explicitly because of the overwhelming factual evidence." Sorry that the priest declines to read his copy. The letter refers to Vatican shenanigans, fraud and corruption not impacting on one's faith. Suggests that Robert Maxwell was a novice compared to the the Pope's (John Paul 1) right hand man. Gives an example of a friend refusing to give to Peter's Pence whilst the author gives the smallest possible coin.

Brown, Peter Rev

Fr Dennis to Bishop: Parish Trip to Rome; Evening Masses; State of Caister, Hemsby, Acle; Development fund

Pastoral letter hit nail on the head. Local M (Mr Anthony Fell of Yarmouth) in Acle congregation - wonder whether he digested the passage about exports and unnecessary industries!
Saved a few items for a convenient time to write to the Bishop:

  1. Parish Trip to Rome - permission to accompany them from April 8th to 23rd; Fr Evans would be Vicarius Substitutus.
  2. Permission for Friday weekday Evening Mass/
  3. Mass Centres at Caister, Hemsby & Acle: Caister - Centre badly situated. Acquisition of a site and erection of a chapel indicated; Hemsby - suffices except in Summer. Extension urgently desirable. A new church would be costly but several more wealthy people have expressed willingness to help financially. Sufficient funds for a temporary enlargement; Acle - chapel adequate now, needs minor repairs. Housing development happening so may need a more permanent Church.
    Suggests a Fund for Future Development. Makes estimates for first and second collections at each centre plus need for other donations and fund raising activities. Currently a net surplus of £2000.
    Caister Catholic Cemetery much improved - tidy and cared for.
    Mission run jointly with Gorleston disappointing - "It was the good who came, and profited; the luke-warm and bad stayed away. I wonder what is the modern approach to the tepid in the face of TV and over-time?"

Dennis, Norman Rev SJ

Fr Jennings to Bishop: Faculty for Confirmation

Requesting faculty to administer Sacrament of Confirmation on Miss Jean Teague. She has been accepted for the Visitation Sisters in Walden , Essex, but, before she can enter the convent on 14 January 1998 she must be confirmed. P.S. The pastoral letter was well received and deeply appreciated, many people asked that he write to thank the Bishop for the words of encouragement.

Jennings, David Rev

Fr Vermeulen to Bishop Cary-Elwes: Jubilee Concession for Parish Churches

Referring to Pastoral Letter for Lent, pg 146. Unless the Bishop states to the contrary, he will be telling the Catholics that they cannot "gain the Jubilee at Gillingham Church" - their four visits will have to be made to Beccles Parish Church.
manuscript annotation: "They can gain the Jubilee at Gillingham Church this will appear plainer in the Poster I will [?] for [?] Feb 17/26."

Vermuelen, C Rev CRP