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Bishop is made Honorary Fellow of Cambridge College

At an academic ceremony on February 13, Bishop Peter Collins was formally admitted as an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, reaffirming strong links between the Diocese and the College.

Taking its name from St Edmund of Abingdon, a pre-reformation Archbishop of Canterbury, the college has traditionally Catholic roots and was founded by Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk (who also funded construction of St John’s Cathedral in Norwich), and Baron Anatole von Hügel, the first Catholic to receive a Cambridge degree since the deposition of King James II in 1688.

Bishop Peter, who was accompanied at the ceremony by Bishop Emeritus Alan Hopes, Mgr Eugene Harkness and Fr Peter Wygnanski, said: “I am grateful to the Master and Fellows of the college for conferring an honorary fellowship in recognition of its Catholic heritage and identity within the University of Cambridge. It is my great wish to support the important mission of the college in the coming years as it exemplifies the contribution the Catholic faith can continue to make in higher education and research.”

Pictured is Bishop Peter Collins celebrating Mass at the Chapel of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. From left to right: Fr Paul Keane, Deacon Paul Raynes, Bishop Peter Collins, Bishop Emeritus Alan Hopes, and Fr Peter Wygnanski.