20th September. Welcome to Niamh Moloney, who joins the NYMO team today as Youth Officer for Outreach. Niamh 25, comes to us with ample experience of youth ministry in parishes and universities, most recently as a Catholic youth worker at Birmingham University. She attended all the public events of the Papal Visit with a group of young people, and photos of her holding her "beans on toast" banner have now been viewed all over the world.
24th September update - Niamh and her colleagues are heavily featured in the Catholic press this weekend and she is still receiving requests for interviews ! She has certainly started her time with NYMO in the right way !
Niamh says “I am passionate about working with young people and finding ways of engaging them in the faith without them switching off or falling asleep. I enjoy working with priests and volunteers in parishes, and being of any help I can in supporting them to reach out to the young people in their community. . . . I look forward to meeting you as I find my way around the Diocese.”
If you’d like to introduce yourself to her or just welcome her then send her an e-mail on email@example.com
18-19th September. Diocesan pilgrims attended the major public events of the Papal Visit which is being hailed throughout the media as an enormous success. Bishop Peter, some of our priests, and Diocesan staff, attended the Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday morning, and some of our young people were among the vocal crowd on the Piazza. Pilgrims from southern parishes went to the Vigil in Hyde Park and others from the northern half had an early start to get to Cofton Park in Birmingham for the Beatification Mass of John Henry Newman. We are keen to receive your stories and photos: send them here. We have made a start here....
6th September 2010. Mgr Peter Wilson has retired as Parish Priest of Holy Name, Oundle, for reasons of ill health. Mgr Wilson, ordained in 1972, was Assistant Diocesan Treasurer between 1975 and 1992, and became a Chaplain to His Holiness the Pope in 2001. He served at several places in the Diocese, including fifteen years at St Brendan's in Corby, and was much involved in the St Francis Children's Society and the Sick & Retired Clergy Fund.
The intention is that Oundle parish will be clustered with Thrapston & Raunds parish and served by Fr Brian Leatherland, assisted by priests from Kettering and by retired Canon Stan Condon. It is hoped to preserve the existing two Masses at Oundle, although the tradition of offering the Saturday Vigil Mass at Oundle School in term time may have to cease. (This information from the parish newsletter.)
25th August 2010 - RIP Fr Benjamin Camilleri who died in Malta on this date. He was ordained as a Franciscan in 1962 and joined the Diocese in 1977, serving in many places, most recently at St Margaret of Cortona in Dallington, Northampton, from where he retired in 2001 ( that church being then closed). His funeral was on 27th August in Malta. May he rest in peace.
24th August 2010 - RIP Fr Patrick Branagan, who died on this date in Luton and Dunstable hospital. Father Pat was a ordained a priest in Dublin 1964 and was from the Birmingham Diocese. During his latter days he assisted Fr Eamon Murray at St Margaret of Scotland, Luton. His funeral will take place in his hometown of Carlow. May he rest in peace.
22nd August 2010 - RIP Canon Norman Smith who passed away peacefully in his sleep on this date. His body will be received into the Cathedral on Wednesday, 1 September at 6.30pm followed by Mass at 7.00pm. Bishop Peter will be celebrating the Funeral Mass on Thursday, 2 September at 12.30pm followed by a burial at Kingsthorpe Cemetery.
Canon Norman was ordained in 1956 and served in many locations in the Diocese, most recently at the Cathedral before his retirement in 2003, following which he remained a familiar sight in Northampton and elsewhere. He was Episcopal Vicar for Clergy between 1988 and 1993, and Provost 1996-2003. May he rest in peace.