Marie-Madeleine Kenning, from St Mary’s, Ipswich, said: “The meeting was hosted by Fr David Ward and its purpose was to share insights and ideas and to re-invigorate commitment to the twinning links with Cambodia.
“We began by watching a video recorded message from Bishop Kike, Apostolic Prefect of Battambang, emphasizing how much they valued the twinning with the Diocese of East Anglia and with individual parishes or schools. Everyone was greatly encouraged by Bishop Kike’s enthusiasm and his final statement “together we can do more” struck a chord with all of us.”
There were 12 lay people and four priests present and they included representatives from Bury St Edmunds, Costessey, Ely, Ipswich, and North Walsham parishes, as well as St Mary’s.
“There was a packed agenda, with a break for a shared lunch, and it covered videos and pictures of a recent visit to Cambodia, a round table summary of activities since our last get together, and a brainstorming on how to take the Building Bridges scheme forward,” said Marie-Madeleine.
“Participants were pleased to hear that Fr Philip Shryane had secured a slot in Bishop’s Peter diary to brief him on recent activities and future plans and we all left with the conviction that, indeed, ‘together we can do more’.”
Pictured above are parish representatives at the Cambodia meeting.