East Anglia Catholic priests mark 175 years of service

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East Anglia Catholic priests mark 175 years of service

Four priests with a total of 175 years of service joined 42 others from across the Diocese of East Anglia at a Celebration of Priesthood at the Bishop's White House at Poringland, near Norwich, on July 15.

The priests came together to reflect on their ministry and to celebrate the years of faithful service given by those celebrating jubilees in 2016.

JubileePriests600Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Alan Hopes at the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland which was followed by drinks in the garden of the White House and then lunch served by a team from the Cathedral Narthex.

The priests celebrating special jubilees were Fr Ben O'Rourke OSA from Clare (60 years), Fr Peter Brett from Sudbury (50 years), Canon David Bagstaff from Diss (40 years) and Fr Russell Frost from Ipswich (25 years).

Bishop Alan thanked them and the other priests for "transforming the joys and hopes, the visions and dreams of the countless thousands of people whom you have served over the years."

Pictured top are all the priests at the White House and right, those marking special jubilees of service with Bishop Alan (centre).


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