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East Anglia: Plans for new Catholic schools receive double boost
East Anglia: Plans for new Catholic schools receive double boost

The bid by the Diocese of East Anglia to open eight new Catholic schools across the region has received a double boost with a mention by the Chancellor in his recent Budget and news that over 800 people have registered their support for the plans. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, mentioned removing barriers to opening good quality faith schools in his March

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 East Anglia Lent Station Masses start in Peterborough
East Anglia Lent Station Masses start in Peterborough

People from Peterborough, March and Whittlesey joined Bishop Alan Hopes and the deanery's priests at St Luke's church for East Anglia's first Station Mass this Lent last night (March 6). A Station Mass is one celebrated by the Bishop in Lent when he travels to different churches in his diocese. It traces its roots back to the practice of the Bishop of Rome celebrating the liturgies of the church year at various churches throughout Rome, a tradition

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East Anglia: Bishop Alan Hopes blesses new school extension
East Anglia: Bishop Alan Hopes blesses new school extension

A £3.5m extension which has enabled a West Norfolk Catholic primary school to double in size from 210 to 420 places, has been blessed by the Bishop of East Anglia the Rt Rev Alan Hopes during a visit on January 19. The major expansion at St Martha's primary school near Holy Family Church, in Gaywood, King's Lynn, was funded by a mixture of Norfolk County Council, Diocese of East Anglia and central government. It provides the school with eight new classrooms, a sports hall, a new staff room and group rooms.

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Cambridge: Ordination is historic first
Cambridge: Ordination is historic first

An historic occasion took place in Cambridge on Wednesday evening (January 25) when Seminarian Jaylord Magpuyo became the first-ever Filipino to be ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of East Anglia. The Ordination Mass was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM) in Cambridge. It was witnessed by a packed church of well over 300 people, including family and friends of Deacon Jaylord and parishioners from the Cambridge churches of St Philip Howard and St Laurence,

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East Anglia: New Catholic schools champions needed
East Anglia: New Catholic schools champions needed

The Diocese of East Anglia is looking for 'local champions' in areas where it wants to open new Catholic schools. The Diocese's Schools Team is looking for parents, education professionals and parishioners who are keen to support the move by the Diocese to open new Catholic schools in Norwich, Peterborough, Thetford and Cambridgeshire. East Anglia has some of the most severe shortage of places in Catholic schools in the country due to the demographic changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade.

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Norwich: Light-filled youth celebration of Epiphany
Norwich: Light-filled youth celebration of Epiphany

There was a light-filled celebration of Epiphany near Norwich on Sunday evening (January 8) when a record 200 young people and their families from across the Diocese of East Anglia enjoyed a candlelit Mass, bonfire, hot dogs and a firework display. The now annual Epiphany Youth Mass, took place at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland near Norwich, organised by the Ignite team and Director of Youth Services Hamish MacQueen with attendees from as far afield as Peterborough, Cambridge, Clare, Walsingham, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Felixstowe.

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 Diocese of East Anglia to lead the way in opening new Catholic schools
Diocese of East Anglia to lead the way in opening new Catholic schools

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia is to be among the first to open new Catholic schools after the proposed removal of the 50% faith admissions cap, with plans for up to eight in the pipeline. East Anglia has some of the most severe shortage of places in Catholic schools in the country due to the demographic changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade. Since Prime Minister Theresa May announced the proposed removal of the 50% cap on faith admissions, the Diocese has been progressing with a number of bids.

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East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery
East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery

Catholic church leaders, senior Police force officers and ethnic chaplains have met the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss solutions to tackling human trafficking taking place within East Anglia. The meeting, organised in collaboration with the Santa Marta Group and the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, was held at Sacred Heart & St Oswald in Peterborough on Tuesday November 29. The regional meeting echoes the international initiative of the Santa Marta Group - an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with

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Suffolk: Southwold Catholic church celebrates centenary in style
Suffolk: Southwold Catholic church celebrates centenary in style

The Church of the Sacred Heart in Southwold has celebrated the centenary of its opening with a Mass presided over by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes, followed by a Champagne reception and lunch. The celebration, attended by around 80 parishioners, priests and ecumenical guests, also marked the sixtieth anniversary of the consecration of the church in 1956. The first Mass at the church was held on June 22, 1916, almost 30 years after the first known Mass in Southwold, held in a private house, since the Reformation.

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Bishops' meeting reveals extent of human slavery in East Anglia
Bishops' meeting reveals extent of human slavery in East Anglia

The wide extent of human slavery in parts of East Anglia was revealed at a meeting between representatives of the Catholic Church, local Police forces and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Peterborough last week (June 22). The meeting was initiated by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes and was led by Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Office of Migration Policy for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW). The round-table discussion heard from Catholic priests and specialist police officers with

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Norwich: Chapter of Canons installed
Norwich: Chapter of Canons installed

It was an historic day in the life of the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia when the Cathedral Chapter was established with the installation of nine Canons at a Solemn Mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich last night (March 17). A congregation of around 600 travelled from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to witness the occasion. Welcoming the congregation, the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Revd Alan Hopes, said: "This is an historic day in the life of our Diocese.

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Norwich: new priest ordained for Diocese of East Anglia
Norwich: new priest ordained for Diocese of East Anglia
A joyful gathering of friends, relatives and people from all parts of East Anglia was present yesterday at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Henry Whisenant. The Ordination was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, who will be installed as the fourth Bishop of East Anglia at another great celebration at the Cathedral on 16 July. Fr Henry said: "It is a joy and a privilege to be called to serve God’s people as a Catholic priest.
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Pope appoints new Bishop of East Anglia
Pope appoints new Bishop of East Anglia
Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Alan Hopes, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, to become the fourth Bishop of East Anglia. Bishop Hopes was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1968 and served until he was received into the Catholic Church in 1994. He was ordained priest in the Catholic Church in December 1995. He was ordained bishop in Westminster's Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood on 24 January 2003. He is Chairman of The Committee for Liturgy
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