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A celebration of priesthood in Diocese of East Anglia

Four priests with a total of 160 years of service joined around 40 others from across the Diocese of East Anglia at a Celebration of Priesthood at the Bishop’s White House at Poringland on June 14.


The priests came together to reflect on their ministry and to celebrate the years of faithful service given by those celebrating jubilees in 2017.

Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Alan Hopes at the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland and Fr Stuart Wilson Spiritual Director of Allen College Seminary in Westminster preached.

This was followed by drinks in the garden of the White House, courtesy of Bishop Alan, and then a buffet lunch served by a team from Flying Cockerel.

The priests celebrating special jubilees (pictured right with Bishop Alan) were, from the left,  Fr James Walsh (50 years) from North Walsham, Fr Nicholas Kearney (30 years) from Huntingdon, Fr Peter Leeming (30 years) from Thetford and Fr Henry MacCarthy (40 years) from Dersingham.

Also celebrating jubilees but unable to be present were Fr Peter Rolling (30 years) from King’s Lynn and retired priests Fr Paul Hypher (55 years) and Fr Peter Marsh (55 years).

Bishop Alan thanked them and the other priests for “transforming the joys and hopes, the visions and dreams of the countless thousands of people whom you have served over the years.”

Pictured top are all the priests at the White House and above, those marking special jubilees of service with Bishop Alan.

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Celebration of Priesthood, June 17

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