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New priest celebration, healing day and slavery talk

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes  a new priest celebration in Cambridge, a healing day in Suffolk, a talk on Modern Slavery and a new venue in Norwich.

A joint celebration was held at St Laurence’s Church, Cambridge on the evening of Sunday, October 28 when Bishop Alan inducted Canon Simon Blakesley as Parish Priest of St Laurence’s Church reports Sarah Sykes. Fr Jay Magpuyo was also invited back from his new parish in Bury St Edmunds to wish him good luck and thank him for his service at St Laurence’s.

Bishop Alan gave a sermon explaining why prayer must be at the heart of a parish community and that a priest must be a man of prayer, a man of the Eucharist and a man of reconciliation. He instructed us to keep our eyes fixed on our Lord Jesus Christ, to be an outward-looking parish and to grow in holiness.

We look forward to new adventures of spiritual renewal and mission under Fr Simon’s guidance.

Pictured above are, from the left, Fr John Minh, Fr Simon Blakesley, Deacon Geoff Cook, Bishop Alan, Fr Bob Eccles and Fr Jaylord Magpuyo.

An Open Healing Day is being held at Clare Priory in Suffolk on Saturday December 1, organised by the Little Way Healing Ministries.

The charity’s founders Fr Laurence Brassill and Mrs Pauline Edwards will lead the day which will include a time of praise, worship, sharing scripture and healing prayer.

All are welcome at the day, which runs from 10am to 4.30pm at Clare Priory Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NX and is free (donations only) and booking is not required.

Tea and coffee are provided – bring your own packed lunch. More details Lucy Walker, 07776 312826.

November 27 is Mitzvah Day and the Norfolk Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews will be holding an Interfaith Training Event and Talk on Modern Slavery to mark the date.

Led by Jessica Spencer, the event will ask: What does modern slavery looks like and how we can stop it?; What do you know about Modern Slavery?; and if you were concerned about someone, would you know what to do?

It will be held at the Norwich Hebrew Congregation Synagogue Hall, 3 Earlham Road, Norwich, from 7pm. The £4 cost includes refreshments. More details from joint chair Marsha Parker at

The Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association is now holding its Council meetings at the Louis Marchesi pub in Tombland.

The venue is an appropriate one as Erminio William Louis Marchesi, the man who famously founded the Round Table in 1927, was also actually a founder member of Norwich Circle of the Catenians in 1925. The Catenians is an organisation of Catholic men which meets socially once a month to develop social bonds between members and their families as well as to raise money for various charities.

Pictured right Norwich Circle president Tony Baker in the new venue.