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Invitation extended to attend East Anglian ordinations

No fewer than eight men will be ordained as either Priests or Deacons in the Diocese of East Anglia at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich over two Saturdays this summer.


All are invited and are most welcome to come to the Ordination Masses, to pray for those who are to be ordained and to join in our celebration of the great gift that God has given to our Diocese.

On Saturday June 22, at 11:30am, Bishop Alan will ordain three men to serve the Diocese as Permanent Deacons. They are: Brett Gladden (from Bury St Edmunds), James Hurst (from Newmarket) and Martin L’Estrange (from King’s Lynn).

Seminarian Peter Wygnanski will also be ordained a transitory Deacon by Bishop Alan in Rome (Palazzola) on July 14.

These new deacons will undertake pastoral work in their parishes, and assist at the altar during Mass, particularly in proclaiming the Gospel – the Word of God. We will gather to pray for them, and for their future ministry.

On Saturday July 6 at 11:30am, five men will be ordained as priests for the Diocese; the highest number ordained at one time in nearly 20 years, and a real blessing for our Diocese.

Those to be ordained to the sacred priesthood are: Rev Jude Belnas (from St Philip Howard, Cambridge), Rev Michael Brookes (from Sacred Heart, Dereham), Rev Simon Davies (from St Neots), Rev Alan Hodgson (from St Edmund’s, Bury) and Rev Paul Spellman (from Our Lady and St Joseph, Sheringham).

Bishop Alan said: This is a grace filled moment for our Diocese – a great blessing from God – and I hope that every parish will be represented in the cathedral on this day both to pray for our new priests and to welcome them amongst us as they prepare to minister to the people of God in East Anglia. I ask everyone to pray fervently that more men will answer God’s call to serve Him and his church as priests.”  

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