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A one-day conference on the history of Catholicism in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from the Reformation to the present day is set to take place at the Narthex, Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on June 11, as part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of East Anglia.

You can now hear a preview of the conference when historian and conference organiser,Francis Young, talks to Radio Suffolk. Click here to listen and start at 2:10:46.

The conference will feature papers from Francison Resistance and devotion in Tudor Suffolk: Roger Martin's prayer book, Joy Rowe on The Bacton mission in the eighteenth century, Prof John Charmley on Catholicism in Victorian East Anglia and Jonathan Hooton on Nineteenth-century religious life in Norwich: Notre Dame Convent, School and Chapel.

The conference will also see the launch of the official history of the Diocese, also entitled Catholic East Anglia and published by Gracewing Press and a round table discussion: the future of East Anglian Catholic history.

Conference organiser, Francis Young, said: "Catholic East Anglia is the first ever conference on the history of Catholicism in East Anglia and a fitting way to celebrate 40 years of the Diocese. The Diocese is still young but the Catholic faith survived in this region through centuries of persecution, and the Conference is celebrating the whole history of the faith here since the Reformation in the sixteenth century.

"I would encourage people to come to the conference to find out about the rich history of Catholicism in the Diocese, especially if they are interested in setting up, further developing or being part of a group devoted to parish history."

The conference takes place on Saturday June 11, from 10.30 to 5.15pm.There is a £3 registration fee for attendance at the conference and lunch will be provided.

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