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Diocesan priests on the move for a new season

As the autumn begins, Bishop Alan Hopes has announced a series of moves and new appointments of priests across the diocese.

Andrew Neate, who has been serving as a deacon in Cromer, is being ordained to the priesthood on Saturday September 19 at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich. He will be appointed as Assistant Priest of Our Lady of the Annunciation in King’s Lynn, with special responsibility for St Anthony of Padua, Fakenham. Deacon Andrew takes over from Fr Dick Healey who is retiring from parish ministry and will be going as chaplain to the Montana Nuns in Great Barton.

Fr John Warrington is taking up the position of Parish Priest at St Felix in Haverhill, vacant since the death of Fr Michael Teader in February.

Fr Ioan Sandor, who has been suffering from ill health, will be leaving England at the end of August. Bishop Alan thanked him for his pastoral care of the parish of Our Lady, Stowmarket, especially during the lockdown period.

He is being replaced as parish priest by Fr Simon Leworthy, who has been serving as assistant priest at Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM) in Cambridge. Fr Alan Hodgson has been appointed Assistant Priest at OLEM.

Fr Nicholas Kearney has been appointed as Priest in Charge of Our Lady of Good Counsel and St Peter’s in March (with Chatteris). The position has been vacant since the departure of Fr Michael Ryan earlier in the year.

Fr Paul Spellman has been appointed as Assistant Priest of St Mary’s in Ipswich with the Holy Family, Kesgrave.

Fr Henry Whisenant has been appointed as Priest at St Edmund, Withermarsh Green, with particular responsibility for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Sacraments.

Finally, Bishop Alan announced: “I am delighted that Fr Pat Cleary has accepted my invitation to be appointed as a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. He will make a wise and practical Consultor of the Diocese.”