Bishop’s encouragement for links with Cambodia

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Bishop’s encouragement for links with Cambodia

Bishop Peter Collins has met with the Cambodia twinning groups across five parishes in the Diocese of East Anglia and expressed his hope that links will be fostered and strengthened into the future. Fr Philip Shryane reports.

On May 2, Bishop Peter had a meeting with representatives from the parishes that are twinned with parish communities in Cambodia. There are five main twinning links with our twinned communities in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang. Representatives from most of the parishes met with the Bishop to speak about their twinning links and experiences of visiting Cambodia and the friendships they have made and sustained over the years.

The parishes of Costessey, North Walsham, St Mary’s Ipswich, Ely and Bury St Edmunds all have active links with communities in Cambodia.

Those at the meeting spoke about their links, the help they have given, the friendships they have and the visits they have made to Cambodia. Bishop Peter was very pleased to listen to these personal stories and expressed his view that these links should be fostered and strengthened in the future.

 He spoke about the coming 50th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of our Diocese in 2026 and his hope that Mgr Kike and other members of the Church in Cambodia would be invited to join our Golden Jubilee events.

Bishop Peter hopes that others in the Diocese will learn about the links with Cambodia and that other parishes may wish to make a formal twinning link with a community there to extend our friendship with them and our outreach from the Diocese to a young Church in Southeast Asia.

Pictured above is Bishop Peter with the Cambodia group at Poringland.