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Winning dancers, Peace Sunday, new Vicar for Finance

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a new Vicar for Finance, Peace Sunday, a boost for charities and award-winning student dancers.

Children from St Laurence Catholic Primary School in Cambridge (pictured above) have come first in the Diverse Dance Mix for Schools Festival judged by none other than well-known dancer Darcey Bussell. The competition took place at The Stephen Perse Foundation on Friday November 29. “It was wonderful to see how the hard work and dedication of the children won the day,” said their dance teacher Claire Taylor.

Bishop Alan Hopes has appointed Rev James Hurst as the Vicar for Finance for the Diocese. He was ordained as a permanent deacon in June last year and recently retired after a career in manufacturing business.

Deacon James writes: “A permanent deacon is sometimes likened to a bridge, and that is what I shall try to be between the parishes’ finance committees and the diocese.

“To this end we are reintroducing a regular update to keep Parish Priests, Chairs of Finance Committees, Treasurers and Gift Aid Coordinators aware of the financial picture in the whole diocese.”

Peace Sunday on January 19 was marked at St Laurence parish in Cambridge when parishioners undertook a “virtual” Peace Trail around the town, led by Pax Christi member Arn Dekker. The sites were viewed through a presentation following the 11am Mass, detailing people who had a connection with Cambridge and were active in their lives for the cause of peace and social justice.

Each year Pax Christi, the UK branch of the international Catholic peace organisation, promotes the Pope’s World Peace Day message. This year, the message of Pope Francis is, ‘Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion’.


Tony Baker, immediate past president of Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association has presented a cheque for £900 to Sandra Starkings (pictured right) of the Great Yarmouth Conference of the Society of  Saint Vincent de Paul, which was the charity chosen by Tony during his year of office. Tony also presented another cheque, at a separate venue, for £400 to the North Norfolk Conference of the SVP.