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Cambs diocesan parish priest is first for 30 years

For the first time in over 30 years a priest from the Diocese of East Anglia has been inducted in the joint parish of St Jude the Apostle, Whittlesey, and Sacred Heart, Ramsey, reports Clare Storey.

On February 26, Bishop Alan Hopes inducted Fr Michael Vulliamy as priest in the join parish. Up until summer 2016, priests from the Rosminian Order (after Blessed Antonio Rosmini) had served there.

One long-time parishioner commented that it was the first time they had ever witnessed a parish priest's induction. Somebody else said, "It is encouraging to know that the Bishop recognises that things are happening in our parish, especially when one of our young men is discerning a vocation to the priesthood."

Bishop Alan made a point of asking parishioners to pray for Fr Michael and all the priests who have served the parish over the years, especially Fr Antony Slack IC, who sadly died shortly after retiring in 2016.

After the Mass at Whittlesey, there was a shared lunch and an opportunity to speak with Bishop Alan.

Pictured top is the induction of Fr Michael, with Bishop Alan, at St Jude's Whittlesey and, right, also at Sacred Heart Ramsey.