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Mgr Eugene Harkness celebrates 40th Anniversary

A large congregation of parishioners, friends and clergy from all over the diocese gathered at Our Lady & the English Martyrs, Cambridge on June 10, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of Mgr Eugene Harkness, Eleventh Rector of the parish, Diocesan Chancellor and Provost of the Cathedral Chapter.

Bishop Emeritus Alan Hopes, Fr Paul Keane, Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge, and friars of the Dominican Order attended the Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. Mgr Eugene was the Principal Celebrant with 27 priests concelebrating. The preacher was Fr Padraig Hawkins, Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft. During his homily, Fr Padraig referred to his own vocation which was fostered and encouraged when he was an altar boy at St Philip Howard during the time when Mgr Eugene was Parish Priest.

The Mass was a Votive of St Margaret of Scotland and sung by members of the Choir of Our Lady & the English Martyrs, to William Byrd’s ‘Mass for Four Voices’ which was sung at Mgr Eugene’s Priestly ordination at the hands of Bishop Alan Clark in the same church in 1984.

A joyful parish party followed the Mass which included dishes from a wide variety of countries representing the vast cultural diversity of the parish. Mgr Eugene thanked all present for their prayers, kindness and generosity before cutting the celebration cake.

Pictured above is Mgr Eugene Harkness, and below, Mgr Eugene with Bishop Emeritus Alan Hopes, Fr Paul Keane, Friars of the Dominican Order and other clergy.