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The latest news from the Diocese of East Anglia includes Sharing the Church’s Story, a retreat for young women and this year’s series on Radio Maria England.

Would you like to join other Catholics from East Anglia at a one-day conference called Sharing the Church’s Story on Saturday February 11? 

The vision of the conference to be held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London, is to bring people together in person for an experience of profound personal renewal and to be equipped for mission. Keynote presentations will include:

Bishop Robert Barron (pictured above), the founder of Word on Fire Ministries and Bishop of Winona-Rochester; Monsignor Michael Nasir-Ali and other leading speakers from the UK and the USA.

Who is it for? Sharing the Church’s Story will be gathering up to 1300 Catholics who are passionate about the renewal of the Church in the UK. So whether you are a volunteer, parent, catechist, priest, religious, or just want a boost for your faith life, then this conference is for you. 

Rebecca Bretherton, Coordinator for the Diocesan Commission for Evangelisation, says: “This is rare opportunity to celebrate and learn about mission with other Catholics. There are some tickets still available. If you can join us in London, I hope to see you there!”

For further information about Sharing the Church’s Story and to buy tickets follow this link:

A retreat for young women aged between 19 and 30 is taking place from the afternoon of Friday April 21 to early afternoon on Sunday April 23. It will be led by the Secular Franciscans Paula Pearce and Brigid Rawlinson and is entitled ‘God’s extravagant love’.

It will be held at the Julian Visitor Centre on Rouen Road in Norwich and St Julian’s Church, with accommodation at the adjoining All Hallows Guest House.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Paula Pearce on

As the New Year begins, Radio Maria England is offering a range of programmes to build our faith.

Tune in on Tuesday January 31, from 11.15am to 12noon for a special Songs in the Wilderness with our own Bishop, Peter Collins.

Fr Vladimir Felzmann (also known as Fr Vlad) is an 83-year-old priest of great wisdom and a contagious zeal for life. In his own words he plans to ‘die young at an old age’. Tune in for his live broadcasts on Fridays from 4-5pm and call in 01223 375564 with your comments or questions.

Fr Richard Ounsworth OP will begin with an overview of St Matthew’s Gospel, considering how, why and when it was written, but more importantly what is distinctive about the Evangelist’s presentation of the life of Jesus. In the following months he will take us through the Gospel chapter by chapter, highlighting the unique character of St Matthew’s teaching and its continued importance to Christians today.

You can listen to Radio Maria England on