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Bishop Peter at Montana, Radio Maria, Pope’s book

Latest news from the Diocese of East Anglia includes a visit by Bishop Peter to Montana Care Home, an new Operations Coordinator at Radio Maria, and the Gift of a Smile.

Bishop Peter Collins paid a visit to Montana Care Home in Suffolk, a home for the frail elderly run by the Grace and Compassion Benedictine Sisters. He celebrated a Mass in the St Ann Chapel, with a moving sermon, and was joined by retired priests Fr Peter Leeming and Fr Brendan Moffatt, who both live in Oakhampton House, the sheltered flats next door.

He also met Fr Dick Healy and each of the Sisters and the residents, friends and volunteers who attended. “He talked to each one and was so approachable and friendly,” said Sr Thaya Moses. “We had coffee and tea together after the service, and he stayed for lunch which we much appreciated.

“It was so easy to talk to him and he is down to earth. We pray for him and his ministry. We are so lucky to have him as our Bishop.”

Former London Greek Radio Head of Programming Pierre Petrou has been appointed as Operations Coordinator for Radio Maria England.

Mr Petrou will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the station, managing the staff, controlling finances, assisting in editorial output, and will also sit on the Executive Committee Board.

Pierre will split his time between Radio Maria England’s Cambridge headquarters and its London studios, working closely with the priest-director, Fr Toby Lees and the station’s President, Dr Charles Wilson.  

Pierre said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Radio Maria England whilst the station is still very much in its infancy and with a great deal to look forward to. Radio Maria England is much more than a radio station; it’s a vessel which takes listeners on a journey to find positivity and faith, with a smile along the way and a reminder to enjoy life. I am particularly excited about helping the station grow with the existing dedicated and passionate team.”

Fr Toby Lees, Priest-Director said: “Pierre’s passion for radio, his understanding and experience across all media channels, his expertise in promotions marketing and industry experience are going to be a great asset to us. I am extremely happy to welcome Pierre to the team and with the help of God’s grace, I am sure that his work with us will bear great fruit in helping Radio Maria England’s continued growth and development.”

There was an amazing response to our competition in a recent edition of Catholic East Anglia and online to win a copy of Pope Francis’ bestselling book A Gift of Joy and Hope, with almost 40 entries received.

The winner, who correctly said the title of the book in Italy is The Gift of a Smile, is Sukie Elliot from Heacham in Norfolk. Congratulations Sukie your prize is in the post.

Pictured above is Bishop Peter visiting the Sisters at Montana House and, below, Pierre Petrou at the Radio Maria studios.