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Deacons’ retreat, statue blessed, peace concert

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a deacons retreat, the blessing of a bronze statue of Our Lady and a concert for peace and reconciliation.

Every single deacon from across the Diocese of East Anglia took part in some way in a  three-day Diaconate Retreat at Walsingham during March.

Dcn David Croucher said: “ The retreat was led  superbly by Augustinian Fr Gladson Dabre from Clare Priory and we enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the Sisters of The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“The full three-day programme was both inspiring and fulfilling and successfully involved every one of the deacons from across the Diocese in some way throughout the weekend.  Importantly, the deacons thanked sincerely all those parishioners who had been praying for them during their retreat.”

In 2012 a bronze sculpture of Our Lady of  Walsingham was commissioned with renowned bronze figurative sculptor Robert Sobocinski from Poznan, Poland by Antonia Moffat and Dr Mark Stella-Sawicki.

Bishop Alan Hopes took custody of the Bronze Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in November 2013 and it had a place of honour in his personal chapel for six years. It was the focus of all his prayers and hopes for the spiritual revival of Our Lady’s Shrine in Walsingham.

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25) the statue was blessed by Bishop Alan at Our Lady’s Shrine in Walsingham. Now the statue will be placed long term with the Sisters of Mary Morning Star in the Diocese of Plymouth in their Convent in Lynton, Devon.

Cambridge Catholic Gila Margolin will be staging a Spring Concert for Peace and Reconciliation at St Anthony of Padua Church in Fakenham on Wednesday May 11. Gila will be singing her favourite selection of songs of the 60s, Jewish and Scottish music, with her guitar.

The concert takes place at 12 noon at 29 Wells Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9EG. Admission is free but there is a retiring collection for the work of The Little Sisters of Joy. Co-founded by Gila in 1999 the Sisters was initially a new religious community of prayer, peace and reconciliation.

In 2004 The Little Sisters of Joy evolved into an ecumenical Foundation that reaches out to the ‘known inhabited world’, building bridges between Jews and Christians, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians, and Catholics, the Orthodox and Protestants. There is now an outreach to the Native Canadians.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be available. For more details contact Fr Andrew Neate on 01328 853481 or at

Pictured top are deacons at the retreat in Walsingham.