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Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes the annual Clare Priory pilgrimage, a free historic church maintenance seminar, an online safeguarding awareness offer and thanks from the former diocesan financial secretary.

After extensive local preparations, the annual Clare Priory Pilgrimage took place on Sunday, May 12, with coaches from Hoxton and Hythe and others attending from all over East Anglia (pictured above).

It was a time to catch up with old friends and find out what is happening in other parishes reports Steven Cubitt.

A Rosary in the church took place followed by a procession to the shrine of Mother of Good Counsel with prayers at the shrine and Regina Caeli. At 12.15pm the Service of Reconciliation Adoration took place in the church.

In-between and afterwards teas, coffees and cakes were served to everyone attending. With everyone enjoying picnics in the grounds of the priory on a glorious sunny day. The children playing hide and seek and enjoying the wilder parts of grounds.

Finally there was a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel with Celebrant and Preacher being Fr Stefan Park OSA, Prior of Clare. 

A leaking roof, crumbling stone or overflowing drains are just a few of the challenges regularly facing those with the responsibility for our historic churches. However, the biggest challenge is how repairs and maintenance can be paid for and how to keep costs down. Historic England is undertaking a trial in Suffolk on how small grants can make a big difference to improved church maintenance. As part of this trial a workshop is to be held in Lowestoft at the Church of St Peter & St John, Rectory Road, Lowestoft on 3 June. Anyone with an interest or a responsibility for historic churches, and we have 18 in the Diocese, is encouraged to attend. Details can be found at:

Former diocesan financial secretary John Pitt has expressed his gratitude to the clergy and parishioners of the diocese for their “very generous presentation” to mark his retirement. “It was a great and gratifying surprise and I very much appreciate their good wishes,” wrote John to Bishop Alan. “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the last 12 years of my working life in support of the diocesan mission and I wish you all the best in the future.”

The Catholic Trust for England and Wales has purchased a Safeguarding Awareness package of e-learning programmes available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge. This is part of the Church’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding.

Topics covered include: Child Protection; Child Protection in Education; Child Exploitation & Online Safety; Safeguarding Adults; and Mental Capacity            

To register your interest just email: with your name, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator will register your email address with EduCare and you will receive a welcome email inviting you to set your password. You will then have instant access to the training programmes.



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