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Golden jubilee, refugee walk, free history lecture

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a golden jubilee celebration, a parish walk in support of refugees and a free Walsingham lecture.


Bishop Alan Hopes celebrated the 50th Anniversary of St Ignatius Church, Caister, with a Mass on Tuesday June 19. In attendance were some priests who had previously said mass at the Church (pictured above): Mgr Philip Shrayne, Fr Anthony Nwanko, Fr Alex Ibe, Fr Gordon Williams, Fr Martin Gowman, Fr Pádraig Hawkins and Deacon Tony Fenton.

Click here to see a full picture gallery of the Mass, taken by Brian Lafferty.


A group of parishioners from Sacred Heart, North Walsham completed a Share the Journey Parish Walk on Sunday June 24.

Clare Hardie said: “Fr James Walsh, 18 other adults, four children and four dogs had a wonderful walk in the sunshine along the Weavers Way and added 156 miles to CAFOD’s Walk Around the World in support of refugees. Along the way we paused to pray for the refugees around the world and to read out some of their harrowing stories.

“Those who were unable to do the walk supported the stalls in the Parish Hall and all signed cards to be sent to the Prime Minister requesting that she works with other world leaders to ensure that global compacts are met on human dignity, protection of the vulnerable, tackling the reasons for migration and keeping families together.  e collected £200 and this has been sent to the Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais.”


Members of the East Anglian Catholic History Society and others are warmly invited to a free lecture to mark the 480th anniversary of the dissolution of Walsingham Priory on August 4. Fr Michael Rear will be speaking at 2pm at the Church of the Annunciation, Walsingham.

His lecture is entitled Walsingham’s Darkest Hour: “The King’s Pleasure is that the Priory of Walsingham should be Dissolved”. The lecture will be followed by Vespers for the Feast of the Compassion of Our Lady (a unique and beautiful Marian feast found only in the 15th-century Walsingham Breviary) at 3.30pm in the Priory ruins.

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