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Fr Sean appointed as second Vicar General for diocese

Bury St Edmund’s Parish Priest Fr Sean Connolly has been appointed as a second Vicar General for the Diocese of East Anglia by Bishop Peter Collins, alongside Canon David Bagstaff.

Bishop Peter said: “I have appointed Fr Sean to assist Canon David Bagstaff and myself in the governance and administration of the diocese. Fr Sean brings significant knowledge, experience, and wisdom to this task, and I thank him for his willing generosity in accepting the appointment. I will be well served by both as they assist me in the exercise of my episcopal responsibilities.”

Fr Sean was ordained in 1994 and has served in parishes across the diocese, including Great Yarmouth, Wymondham, Newmarket, Brandon & Mildenhall, March & Wisbech and St George’s in Norwich, as well as his current posting at St Edmund’s in Bury St Edmunds.

Fr Sean was the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation from 2014 -2017. He also has significant school experience, having served as chaplain to a number of the diocesan schools over the years as well have having taught RE at secondary level. 

Fr Sean said: “I was surprised when Bishop Peter first asked me to consider this role in the diocese and, to be honest, a little daunted by it. I am delighted Canon David is continuing and that we will be able to work together in supporting the Bishop and serving our diocese.”

Pictured above is is Bishop Peter Collins with the two Vicar Generals, Canon David Bagstaff (left) and Fr Sean Connolly (right).