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Bishop Alan thanks priests for transforming lives

The annual Celebration of Priesthood in the Diocese of East Anglia took place at Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland and at the Bishop’s White House yesterday (June 9).

Around 50 priests gathered as Bishop Alan Hopes celebrated Mass and thanked them for their efforts over the last year.

He said: “I want to thank all of you, and especially those of you who are celebrating your jubilees this year, for transforming the joys and the hopes, the visions and dreams of the countless thousands of people you have served over the years.

“As we look to the future, let us be filled with faith and hope as we place all our trust in Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest.

Among the jubilarians marking anniversaries this year are Mgr Paul Hypher and Fr Peter Marsh for 60 years (Diamond Jubilee), Fr Simon Leeworthy and Fr Philip Moger marking 40 years (Ruby) and Fr Mathew George, Fr Peter Edwards, Fr Michael Johnstone, Fr Martin Orme and Fr David Ward celebrating 25 years since ordination (Silver).

After Mass, the priests had lunch with Bishop Alan in the sunny White House gardens.

Pictured above with Bishop Alan Hopes (centre) are, from the left, Fr Philip Moger, Mgr Paul Hypher, Fr Peter Marsh and Fr Mathew George. All the priests at the celebration with Bishop Alan, are below.