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March 18, 2019

Former Anglican vicar is ordained as Catholic priest

Australian former Anglican vicar, Dcn Sam Randall, was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in […]
March 18, 2019

Bishop Alan celebrates his 75th birthday in Norwich

Bishop Alan Hopes marked his 75th birthday yesterday when parishioners of St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich gathered in the Narthex after the Solemn Mass […]
March 15, 2019

Ipswich priest Sam is honoured on his 80th birthday

Fr Francis (Sam) Leeder was presented with a letter from Bishop Alan and more than £1,000 to celebrate his 80th birthday after parishioners at St Pancras […]
March 14, 2019

Bishop expresses sorrow as priest is jailed for abuse

Fr Francis McDermott, a retired priest from the Diocese of Northampton, who was found guilty of abusing six children during the 1970s in London, High Wycombe […]
March 13, 2019

Matthew takes over in diocesan chief financial role

Matthew Fernandez-Graham has been appointed as Director of Finance and Resources for the Diocese following John Pitt’s retirement after 12 years. Matthew first moved to the […]
March 13, 2019

John retires after 12 years in diocese chief finance role

After 12 years with the Diocese of East Anglia, Lt Col John Pitt has retired as Diocesan Financial Secretary. John has had a varied career as […]
March 12, 2019

Tributes paid after Fr David Hennessy dies peacefully

Fr David Hennessy, a former parish priest in Felixstowe and ex-headmaster of St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, has died peacefully after a long illness. Bishop Alan […]
March 12, 2019

Lenten appeal details and talk on Norwich charity

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a diocesan Lenten appeal and a talk about a Norwich charity working with the vulnerable. Lenten […]
March 11, 2019

Over 60 people welcomed at Church’s Rite of Election

Over 60 people seeking to become members of the Catholic Church were personally greeted by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Rite of Election service at St […]
March 11, 2019

Strong support for new Primary School in Swaffham

Following strong public support for a new Catholic primary school in Swaffham, the Diocese of East Anglia has decided to proceed with its recent proposal to […]
March 9, 2019

Bishop Alan addresses abuse revelations in the Church

In his pastoral letter for the first Sunday in Lent (March 10) Bishop Alan Hopes addresses the recent revelations about abuse in the Catholic Church. Dear […]
March 8, 2019

Lent Week 1 – Examen

In the first of the Ignite Team’s weekly Lent blog posts, we look at one way of taking Jesus’ call to repent seriously: the Examen. Today […]
March 7, 2019

East Anglia schools painting competition winners named

Children from two East Anglia Catholic schools have received certificates and prizes from the recent Knights of St Columba Nativity Painting Competition. Winners from St Mary’s […]
March 5, 2019

Cathedral choristers on song with pancake race fun

Young choristers from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich had fun warming up for their singing practice with some pancake races to mark […]
March 4, 2019

Flame 2019 lights up youth faith at Wembley

A record 200 people from across the Diocese of East Anglia joined 8,000 young people at Wembley Arena for Flame 2019, the country’s largest gathering of […]
March 4, 2019

Lenten preparation for Promised Land of new life in Jesus

As we approach the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday (March 6), Bishop Alan Hopes has written a reflection on this important time in the Christian […]
March 3, 2019

Children’s choir, refugee rucksacks and dinner speech

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an inter-faith children’s choir, a refugee rucksack project and an entertaining Norwich dinner. The All Souls […]
March 1, 2019

Dowry Tour reaches St John’s Cathedral in Norwich

The two-year Dowry Tour, intended to help prepare Catholics spiritually for England’s re-dedication as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, reached St John’s Cathedral in Norwich […]
February 28, 2019

Cardinal reflects on Vatican Protection of Minors meeting

Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflects on his experiences at the four-day Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church and discusses the steps that will […]
February 26, 2019

Lent Station Masses to be celebrated across the Diocese

Station Masses are being held in the seven Deaneries across the Diocese of East Anglia, all celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, as part of the regular […]
February 25, 2019

Suffolk parish’s Calais refugee support after Pope’s plea

A hugely generous response from St Edmunds Bungay and Harleston to the Pope’s “moral imperative” to assist the exiled, the migrant, and the refugee, enabled parishioner […]
February 23, 2019

Tributes paid to much-loved Gorleston Sacristan

St Peter the Apostle in Gorleston was crowded on Wednesday February 6 for the funeral of long-serving and much-loved Sacristan, Bernard Power. Two of St Peter’s […]
February 22, 2019

Charity carols, Catenian dinner and Holocaust memorial

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes charity carols in King’s Lynn, a Catenian dinner and a Holocaust memorial day. The Syro Malabar […]
February 22, 2019

Focus on slavery at St John’s Cathedral talk in Norwich

Modern-day slavery and the work of the Medaille Trust was the subject of an engaging talk at St John’s Cathedral in early February reports Sarah Ebelewicz. […]
February 21, 2019

East Anglian young people engage with CAFOD work

Young people across East Anglia are getting involved in supporting the work of Catholic international development charity CAFOD reports Alex Savage. A group of Sixth Formers […]
February 20, 2019

First chance to read the March Catholic East Anglia paper

The March 2019 edition of the Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available online and contains news of East Anglia pilgrims joining Pope Francis in Panama […]
February 19, 2019

Jamaica mission trip is transforming experience

A group from across the Diocese of East Anglia travelled with Fr Michael Johnstone in January to spend two weeks working with the Missionaries of the […]
February 19, 2019

Sorrow expressed as priest found guilty of child abuse

Father Francis McDermott, a priest of the Diocese of Northampton, has been found guilty of 18 counts of child sexual abuse following a trial at Aylesbury […]
February 18, 2019

Fr Philip John installed as new Cambridge parish priest

On the Feast of Saints Paul Miki and Companions (February 6), Fr Philip John was installed as the new Parish Priest of Saint Philip Howard, Cherry […]
February 16, 2019

Candlemas is Downham Market evangelisation team first

For Candlemas, Downham Market parishioners were invited to a Mass to celebrate all those who help in the parish.  Rebecca Bretherton reports. On a snowy Feast […]
February 14, 2019

Charities receive £10,000 from Clare Priory Craft Fair

Over £10,000 had been presented to a host of charities following the successful Clare Priory Craft Fair in Suffolk last summer, with another one to follow […]
February 13, 2019

Big support as new primary school bids are submitted

The Diocese of East Anglia has submitted bids to open three new voluntary-aided Catholic primary schools in Cambridgeshire, backed by over 730 expressions of interest gathered […]
February 12, 2019

Cathedral in Norwich bids a fond farewell to Fr Seelan

St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich bid a sad farewell to much-loved priest Fr Arockilya Seelan on Sunday January 27, reports Jean Scotter. “Go, eat the fat, […]
February 11, 2019

Peterborough students hear of modern slavery issues

Students from St John Fisher High School in Peterborough have learnt about the massive problem of modern-day slavery from a high-powered panel of professionals including two […]
February 6, 2019

Ignite youth workshops, retreat and discipleship weekend

The Ignite Youth Team have been busy with a visit to Cambourne and have a Glow Retreat Day planned in Peterborough and a Discipleship Weekend in […]
February 5, 2019

Expired: Chance to join a choir or hear one sing in North Norfolk

There are musical opportunities to both join a new ecumenical choir and to hear a Catholic boys’ choir from Yorkshire perform in North Norfolk over the […]
February 4, 2019

Notre Dame students stage engaging Norwich musical

A jazz bar recently appeared in Notre Dame High School’s Sports Hall, complete with dancers and chorus singers, all accompanied by a live 15-piece big band […]
February 2, 2019

North Walsham churches sign up to unity covenant

In a packed united service at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday January 20, representatives from all nine members of North Walsham Churches Together met for worship […]
February 1, 2019

Peterborough Mass strengthens Christian friendships

Friendship between Catholics and Anglican was strengthened on Friday, January 25 at the annual Catholic Mass in Peterborough’s Anglican Cathedral in remembrance of the anniversary of […]
January 30, 2019

Dowry of Mary Tour is set to arrive in Norwich

The two-year Dowry Tour, intended to help prepare Catholics spiritually for England’s rededication as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, is set to reach St John’s […]
January 29, 2019

Chance to attend Flame at Wembley and youth retreat

Two exciting youth events are coming up in the next few weeks – the Flame Congress at Wembley and the first of a new series of […]
January 28, 2019

40 churches join together in Norwich chain of prayer

An ecumenical Chain of Prayer involving 40 churches from eight different denominations took place over six hours at Norwich Anglican Cathedral on Thursday January 24 during […]
January 28, 2019

East Anglia group join Pope and 600,000 at WYD vigil

On Days Six and Seven of World Youth Day in Panama City, the East Anglia group joined an overnight vigil and final morning sending Mass with […]
January 26, 2019

Our Lady of Walsingham is a big hit in Panama

On Day Five of World Youth Day in Panama the East Anglia group had their final catechesis session and found Our Lady of Walsingham was a […]
January 25, 2019

Close encounter as Pope arrives at World Youth Day

On Day Four of World Youth Day in Panama Pope Francis arrived for the official opening ceremony and the East Anglia group got close enough to […]
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