The Installation Mass, at St Thomas of Canterbury in Brandon, was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes who, in his homily, reminded the congregation of the Lord’s instructions to St Francis (whose feast day it was) to rebuild my church. He said that this can only be done when we fix our eyes on Christ and he urged Fr Luke and the parish to do the same – to fix their eyes on Christ in order to rebuild the Church.
After the Dean, Fr David Finegan, had read the letter of appointment, Fr Luke made his profession of faith and publicly renewed his priestly promises. Bishop Alan then seated him in the celebrant’s chair and presented the keys of the Church to him.
Speaking to the parish at the end of the Mass, Fr Luke said: “I am delighted to be entrusted with the parish of Brandon and Mildenhall, I look forward to working together with the parish to build up the Kingdom of God in our patch of the Lord’s vineyard.
“I’m new to all this so please bear with me. I’m sorry but I will upset you from time to time. I won’t intend to, but I’m human and it will happen – people in relationships upset each other! So when I do, I’m sorry and please tell me so that I can apologise. I do, however, promise you three things: to pray for you, to serve you and to love you. Please do pray for me”
As well as St Thomas, Fr Luke is priest for St John the Evangelist in Mildenhall and will continue (part-time) in his role as Youth Chaplain to the diocese. The Ignite Mission Team turned out to support their chaplain in his new role.
Pictured is Fr Luke being installed at St Thomas of Canterbury in Brandon.