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Fr Dick Healey retires after 40 years of ministry

Fr Dick Healey, who has been serving as Parish Priest in Fakenham, has retired after a ministry spanning 40 years and moved to Montana in Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds.

Fr Dick will be the chaplain to the Community of the Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion and the nursing home.

He was brought up in Ipswich and was a regular altar server in St Mary’s and St Pancras parishes. He tried his vocation in 1973 and was sent to Campion House, Osterley. In 1974 he transferred to Oscott Seminary and was ordained as a priest in 1980.  

There followed 40 years of ordained ministry. He served in St George’s, Norwich, St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds, as Parish Priest at St Mary’s, Ipswich, at Brandon and Mildenhall, at Woodbridge and then as part of the Clergy team at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge.  

His final four years have been as Parish Priest at Fakenham. Over the past few years Fr Dick has had health setbacks, but looks forward to his retirement at Montana.