Creative writing, prayer for Ireland and 90th birthday

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Creative writing, prayer for Ireland and 90th birthday

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia include a priest marking his 90th birthday, an afternoon of prayer for Ireland and a creative writing competition.


Fr Olindo Cramaro (pictured above) celebrated his 90th birthday with friends in Peterborough on Friday November 4. On Saturday he celebrated the Vigil Mass at St Luke’s Peterborough and was congratulated by parishioners who presented cards, gifts and a papal blessing. This was followed by a rendition of ‘Ad multos annos, vivat!’ – ‘Life for many years!’

Fr Olindo was ordained priest in 1954 and has served in various places, including Peterborough, finally spending 19 years as parish priest of Southwold. Fr Olindo’s ministry continues with local visiting and helping St Luke’s and neighbouring parishes.


An Afternoon of Prayer for Ireland will be held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Feast of Christ the King- Sunday November 26.

Organiser Antonia Moffat said: "We will pray for Ireland for a revival of faith and for the protection of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death, as Ireland prays the "Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith'. As we pray for Ireland, so we pray the same blessing for all the Isles – Scotland, Wales and England and all the world. If you are unable to be in Walsingham – join by praying the Rosary wherever you are at 2.30pm."

The programme runs from 2pm to 4.30pm, further details available from Antonia -antonia@walsingham.org.uk


Students from across Cambridgeshire congregated at St Mary's School, Cambridge earlier this month to hear the winners announced of thesixth annual Creative Writing Competition in which 381 Year 5 to Year 8 students from 13 local schools submitted their stories on the theme of "the future in the year 3017'.

Excerpts from the stories were shared on the night and Cambridge crime author Emily Winslow, was the guest of honour at the event and announced the winners.

David Walker, Head of English at St Mary's School, Cambridge and head judge of the competition, said: "We were delighted at the breadth of imagination and the creativity shown by the young writers. They responded fantastically well to the challenge of writing about the future and there were some outstanding entries this year. It is simply brilliant to be able to celebrate writing on such a large scale with so many students involved. We look forward to next year’s competition!"

Pictured above areshortlisted Year 7 and Year 8 students with Emily Winslow.

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