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East Anglia permanent deacons gather for annual retreat

The Diocese of East Anglia’s permanent deacons met for their annual retreat in Walsingham, focusing on divine friendship, with discussions led by Fr Alban McCoy and Bishop Peter Collins.

The Diocese of East Anglia’s permanent deacons congregated for their annual retreat in Walsingham, from March 15 to March 17. The retreat, focusing on the theme of friendship with God, as outlined in John 15:15, was directed by Fr Alban McCoy OFM, the former Dean of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, particularly drawing upon the works of St Thomas Aquinas.

Deacons attending the retreat came from various parts of the Diocese, including Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Haverhill, and Gorleston. Many of the deacons are in full-time work, while others have significant pastoral duties, such as serving as prison chaplains. The weekend provided a structured opportunity for reflection on their faith and to draw inspiration for everyday service in family, work and in parishes in the Diocese. It also allowed for the sharing of experiences and challenges among the deacons.

The gathering was also an opportunity to formally meet with Bishop Peter Collins, offering the deacons a chance to discuss the current challenges facing the Diocese. 

Pictured above is Bishop Peter, Fr Alban, and the deacons.