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Clergy study day, Advent prayer, Abbey set to celebrate

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a clergy study day, an open day of prayer and celebrating 1,000 years of the Benedictine Abbey at Bury St Edmunds.


Pictured above, Bishop Alan celebrated Mass with diocesan priests at the Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Ditchingham during a Study Day for Clergy on November 7.


An open day of prayer entitled A Day with Mary this Advent is to be held at St Felix church, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe on Saturday December 7. 

It emphasises worship of the Blessed Sacrament and Devotion to Our Lady. You are welcome to join the event for a little while or for the day. It includes Mass, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy and Benediction. The day begins at 10am and includes a bring and share lunch.  

For more details, contact: Philip Hills, philhills57@me.com


The year 2020 will mark 1,000 years since the foundation of the Benedictine Abbey at Bury St Edmunds.  The Abbey Church was one of the largest in Europe, attracting pilgrims and monarchs to the shrine of St Edmund.  Its religious and monastic significance stretched beyond the town and county to make it of national importance.

John Saunders, Chairman of St Edmunds Catholic History Group and a member of the town’s coordinating group, explained: “There will be events throughout 2020 to celebrate this part of the town’s history and we are trying to achieve the balance between recognising the religious significance and providing entertainment for families and visitors.  The full detailed programme will be announced but the events will include the assembly of Benedictine monks and nuns on May 23; pilgrimages to the Abbey site; a focal weekend in July; the Civic Mass on November 22 (commemorating St Edmund’s Day).”

Various other projects are ongoing, including the recording of churches across Suffolk that had direct relationships with the Abbey or which are dedicated or linked to St Edmund. 

This is being coordinated by two local historians John Saunders and Martyn Taylor, and they are keen that it should also include any Catholic Churches across Suffolk that have a similar claim of affiliation. Therefore, if your Catholic Church has any material relevant to the to the Abbey or St Edmund (for example stonework, furniture, vestments, relics, pictures, artistic impressions) please contact John at jes767894@btinternet.com or 01284 767894.

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