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Diocese appoints new comms director

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia has appointed a new Director for Communications and editor of its Diocesan newspaper.

From the December edition, Keith Morris takes over the editorship of Catholic East Anglia, the Diocesan newspaper, in place of Patrick Byrne who has produced the newspaper for the last 23 years.

Keith will be responsible for public communications and strategy across the Diocese. He will also act as the press officer for the diocese and Bishop Alan Hopes.

He will also be working closely with Gavin Dvelys, the Diocese IT Manager, in producing content for the www.rcdea.org.uk website and social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, alongside other communication tasks.

Bishop Alan said: “With Patrick retiring from his newspaper role after 23 years of wonderful service to the Diocese, this gave us the opportunity to look at our wider communications strategy.

“We hope that Keith’s appointment will enable us to more effectively communicate the vision and the mission of the diocese and all the positive things that are going on in our parishes throughout East Anglia.”

Keith has a journalistic background, working for the Eastern Daily Press for seven years, editing magazine titles and as corporate communications manager for local media groupArchant for the past 16 years.

Keith is also the publisher of the award-winning independent ecumenical Christian news website Network Norwich and Norfolk, has edited the Good News for Norwich & Norfolk newspaper for over 20 years, is a trustee of Norwich Vineyard church and is married to Nicky, who is a GP.

Keith said: “My Christian faith and ecumenical background meant that I jumped at the opportunity to help the Diocese with its communications. I have already heard so many great stories of people, events and initiatives that deserve a wider audience and I am very keen to receive news from people across the Diocese on a regular basis.

“I will be using the established Diocesan newspaper to publish this news, alongside the new Diocese website, social media and other communication channels. I am really looking forward to meeting more people across East Anglia and getting stuck into the role.”

Pictured above are Keith Morris and Bishop Alan Hopes (centre) along with other members of the editorial team.

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