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Bishop’s birthday, radio message, volunteer thank-you

Latest news includes Bishop Alan celebrating his 76th birthday and speaking on Radio Suffolk, and a thank-you event for volunteers at St John’s Cathedral.

Bishop Alan, pictured above,  celebrated his 76th birthday on St Patrick’s Day, March 17. Staff from the Diocesan Curia offices in Poringland put on a small buffet lunch for him followed by lemon drizzle birthday cake.

Talking on BBC Suffolk on Sunday March 22, Bishop Alan Hopes said: “Do not be afraid, but be among those who bring hope and joy to others.” Start listening at 50mins:

St John’s Cathedral recently held a thank-you event for some of its many volunteers. More than 60 parishioners enjoyed lunch in the Narthex and were thanked by Canon David Paul for their great contribution to parish life.

Just some of the jobs done are cleaning the cathedral, arranging flowers, stewarding at Mass and working in the shop. More than 1 in 10 of regular Mass-goers volunteers in some way in the parish, a figure which is the envy of many other cathedrals across the country. In fact, there are so many volunteers that they could not all be accommodated and another event is being planned.