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Fond farewell as Fr Denys retires from Norfolk parish

The parish of Our Lady and St Joseph, Cromer and Sheringham, said fond farewell to their shared Parish Priest, Fr Denys Lloyd, at a special party following the 11am Sunday Mass at St Joseph’s, Sheringham on August 25. Val Bowie reports.

A large number of parishioners enjoyed a glorious sunny afternoon held in the parish hall and gardens, with a buffet lunch provided by parishioners and a very special cake.

Fr Denys was presented with a Latin Mass book which he had especially wanted, and a travelling Mass kit among other gifts.  Parishioner, Sean White, gave a brief speech touching on the legacy that Fr Denys will leave behind after his successful ministry. He also spoke of the gratitude for Fr Denys’ spiritual leadership over the past decade and for the continual guidance he has provided in both practical and pastoral matters.

He served the parish for 11 years, successfully presiding over the amalgamation of Our Lady of Refuge in Cromer and St Joseph’s Church in Sheringham, which are five miles apart. He gave unstinting service to both the parish and diocese.

He was particularly interested in the religious education of people and the parish in general, both scripturally and theologically, as well as historically, and the liturgy was always of vital importance to him. He was assisted by Fr Tim Bugby (Ordinariate of O L W) and Deacon Andrew Neate.

Having recently celebrated his eightieth birthday he has retired to Norwich but will doubtless continue to serve the diocese as far as possible. We all wish him many happy years of retirement.

The parish has welcomed Fr James Fyfe from Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo Church, Wisbech, who has succeeded Fr Denys as Parish Priest.

Pictured top, young parishioners help Fr Denys Lloyd open his leaving gifts and, above, Sean White pays tribute to Fr Denys.

Click here to see a full picture gallery of the Mass and leaving party.