Latest News

Please send news articles and pictures for the diocesan newspaper and website to editor Keith Morris at keith.morris@rcdea.org.uk

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 […]
January 25, 2019

First for altar servers and Carmelite request for help

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an altar servers medals first and an appeal for help from the Carmelite sisters at Quidenham. […]
January 24, 2019

WYD teaching, media and picture requests in Panama

On Day Three of World Youth Day in Panama the East Anglia group attended their first catchesis teaching session, talked about Our Lady of Walsingham and […]
January 23, 2019

Climbing, dancing, getting lost and Mass in Panama City

On Day Two of World Youth Day in Panama the East Anglia group saw some amazing views of Panama City, got lost and did some dancing. […]
January 22, 2019

East Anglia group flies 5,400 miles to WYD in Panama

A group of young people from the Diocese of East Anglia has flown 5,400 miles to Panama on the first day of their World Youth Day […]
January 22, 2019

First chance to read February Catholic East Anglia paper

The February 2019 edition of the Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available online and contains news of consultations on bids for four new Catholic primary […]
January 21, 2019

East Anglia group heads for World Youth Day in Panama

A group of young people from the Diocese of East Anglia will be joining Pope Francis and up to half-a-million other young pilgrims at World Youth […]
January 18, 2019

East Anglia focus on racial justice and modern slavery

Racial justice, discrimination and modern slavery are the focus of two coming events in the Diocese of East Anglia. Modern Slavery – a Christian Response, a […]
January 17, 2019

Franciscans celebrate, Norwich dinner, Catholic history

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Franciscan Christmas events, a Catenian dinner and an East Anglian Catholic History Society newsletter. The highlight […]
January 16, 2019

Churches urged to watch out for rural depression risk

Catholic churches across Norfolk and Suffolk are being encouraged to be watchful for those in tight knit farming and rural communities who are at risk of […]
January 11, 2019

Seminarians lunch, crib festival and Epiphany meal

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a seminarians lunch, a crib festival and an Epiphany parish meal. Bishop Alan Hopes entertained current […]
January 10, 2019

Fr Pat celebrates 40 years as a priest in East Anglia

After 40 years as a parish priest, Fr Pat Cleary would like to consider himself as the conductor of an orchestra. Keith Morris reports. On December […]
January 8, 2019

Diocese to bid for new Catholic Primary Schools in Cambs

The Diocese of East Anglia has announced its intention to submit bids to open three new voluntary-aided Catholic primary schools in areas of Cambridgeshire with increasing […]
January 7, 2019

Epiphany youth celebration lights up skies near Norwich

A youth celebration of Epiphany lit up the skies at Poringland near Norwich on Sunday evening (January 6) when around 200 young people and their families […]
January 7, 2019

Consultation on new Catholic primary in Swaffham opens

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia has today (January 7) begun a consultation to open a new Catholic primary school in Swaffham. This will be on […]
January 3, 2019

Norwich pupils’ charity challenges in aid of Street Child

Pupils, staff and parents at Notre Dame Prep School, Norwich, have been taking on charity feats to raise money for charity Street Child which works in […]
January 3, 2019

Christmas cribs, recycling visit and Advent celebration

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Christmas cribs, a recycling facility visit and a celebration of Advent. Our Lady Star of the […]
January 2, 2019

Altar servers’ Mass, Christmas swim, medal honour

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an altar servers’ Mass, a Boxing Day swim in the North Sea and an honour for […]
December 31, 2018

Funding boost for Southwold church heritage project

Sacred Heart Church in Southwold has received a great Christmas present with confirmation of a National Lottery grant of £210,000 and a grant of £10,000 from […]
December 29, 2018

Bishop Alan’s pastoral letter about the Holy Family

A pastoral letter from Bishop Alan Hopes for the Feast of the Holy Family, to be read at Masses during the weekend of December 29/30, record […]
December 27, 2018

Tributes paid to inspirational nun Sister Wendy Beckett

Tributes have been paid to Norfolk Catholic nun Sister Wendy Beckett who earned an international reputation as an unlikely art critic and television star. Sr Wendy, […]
December 24, 2018

Full house at Cathedral in Norwich for Christmas Vigil

The Vigil Mass of Christmas saw the biggest congregation of the year in attendance earlier today (Christmas Eve) at a packed St John the Baptist Cathedral […]
December 24, 2018

Diamond jubilee celebration for Sawston church

The Community of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated the 60th anniversary of the blessing of the first church in Sawston with a packed congregation at a […]
December 21, 2018

Bishop’s Christmas message about light and darkness

In his Christmas message, Bishop Alan Hopes addresses the battle between light and darkness in the Nativity story and the divisions which shadow our society today. […]
December 21, 2018

East Anglia’s Simon is ordained as a deacon

Diocese of East Anglia seminarian Simon Davies was ordained to the diaconate at St John’s Seminary in Surrey by Bishop Alan Hopes on December 15. Here […]
December 20, 2018

Tributes paid to Caritas East Anglia stalwart Val Clark

Tributes have been paid to Caritas East Anglia stalwart Val Clark, from Roydon, who has died after a short illness. David Livesey, who worked alongside Val […]
December 19, 2018

St George’s Scouts have a busy time in Norwich

The 17th Norwich St George’s Scout Group have had a busy few weeks according to its chair Gillian Hanley. “Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers were on […]
December 16, 2018

Work of unsung Ipswich heroes recognised with medals

Ten parishioners have been honoured with diocesan medals in recognition of their work for St Pancras in Ipswich, reports Stephen Donaghy. Fr Francis Leeder said: “As […]
December 15, 2018

Rediscovered statue in restored Huntingdon chapel

A hand-carved statue of Our Lady which had been hidden in a cupboard for around 20 years has been blessed and placed in a newly-restored chapel […]
December 14, 2018

Holy Land pilgrimage, charity boost, concert success

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a Holy Land pilgrimage, charity fund-raising success and an interfaith concert. Thirty one parishioners from St […]
December 13, 2018

First chance to read the January East Anglia newspaper

The January 2019 edition of the Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available online and contains news of an historic visit of reconciliation by the Archbishop […]
December 12, 2018

Glow Day youth retreat at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich

The Ignite Team and members of the Ignite Lite Team ran a day-long Glow Day retreat at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich on November […]
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