25th July - The following clergy moves, to take effect in September, have been announced by Bishop Peter:
Canon John Udris moves from the Cathedral to become Spiritual Director at the Oscott College seminary in Birmingham
Fr Mark Floody moves from Holy Family & St John's, Luton, to become parish priest and Dean at the Cathedral
Fr Tony Brennan moves from Holy Cross and SS Philip & James, Bedford, to become parish priest at Holy Family & St Johns, Luton
Fr Jonathan Hill moves from St Martin de Porres, Luton, to become parish priest at Holy Cross and SS Philip & James, Bedford
Fr Joseph Williams moves from Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton Keynes, to become parish priest at St Martin de Porres, Luton
( As previously announced, Our Lady of Lourdes church in Milton Keynes will have to be closed: but the parish remains in being, will meet for worship in a new venue, and be served by Frs Cassidy and Jones from St Augustine's. )
Canon Michael Griffiths moves from St Peter's, Biggleswade, to become Parish Priest at Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby
Fr Eamon Murray moves from St Margaret of Scotland, Luton, to become Parish Priest at St Peter's, Biggleswade.
Fr Mirek Misiura moves from Our Lady's, Corby, to become priest-in-charge at St Margaret's, Luton
In addition, although it is not a decision of our Bishop but of the Carmelite Order, Fr Tony Parsons ODC is moving to their church in Kensington and will be replaced at St Josephs Gerrards Cross by Fr John McGowan ODC.
Please pray for all these priests moving to new parishes, and for all the people affected by these changes.
13th July. On this day Bishop Peter celebrated a special Mass at Palazzola on the shores of Lake Albano opposite the Holy Father’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome. The Mass marked the end of the year for the students at the English College in Rome. More importantly, during the Mass, Bishop Peter ordained two students as Deacons. One of them, Michael Patey, is a student for the Northampton Diocese. Deacon Michael’s parents were present. His father, who is a former Anglican Priest, is now a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Nottingham.
Bishop Peter writes: "Our congratulations go to Deacon Michael and his fellow student, Deacon Michael Doody of the Diocese of Leeds. Deacon Michael will spend September on a pastoral placement at the Cathedral in Northampton prior to returning to Rome for his final year of study before Ordination to the Priesthood. Please keep him in your prayers". .
11th July. Bishop Michael Evans of our sister Diocese of East Anglia died on this day. "Six years ago he was diagnosed with advanced and aggressive prostate cancer, and continued his ministry throughout his treatment. Although his engagements were limited from early 2011 as his condition deteriorated, he continued to work up until his admission to hospital. In his last months he was much in the thoughts and prayers of the people of his diocese, as well as those of family, friends and his fellow Bishops." (Bishops' Conference website) On 9th July he had hoped to be present at the ordination of a new priest for his Diocese, having arranged with our Bishop Peter to conduct the ceremony, but he suffered a severe stroke on the Thursday. His funeral is at Norwich Cathedral at 1:30pm on Wednesday 20th July. May he rest in peace.
26th June. Dom. Allan Jones CRIC was ordained to the priesthood at St Augustine's, Milton Keynes, this day, by Bp. Bernt Eidsvig, Bishop of Oslo & Apotolic Administrator of Trondheim. He is a Canon Regular, like Fr Jones and Dr Cassidy, so Bishop Peter graciously gave permission for a foreign prelate to ordain in his territory, and concelebrated the Ordination Mass.
Parish priest Rev. Dr. James Cassidy CRIC has announced "Bishop Peter, with the agreement of the Superior General of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, has appointed Fr. Allan as assistant priest in St. Augustine’s parish; in addition, Fr. James & Fr. Allan will also be Parish Priest & Assistant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Both that parish and this one will retain their own identities. They will continue to function as two separate parishes, although served by the same priests. Please pray for your priests as they take up the new challenge.". (The church building at Our Lady of Lourdes, Coffee Hall, is having to be closed as it is plagued by defects which are beyond economical repair. The NORES offices will in due course relocate to Holy Ghost, Luton.)
18th June. Congratulations to Klaus Reidel who was ordained by Bishop Peter to the Permanent Diaconate at Christ the King, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, on this date. He joins Jon Walls in ministering at that parish and at St Bede's, Newport Pagnell, with Fr James Evans. A lovely set of photos is on the Flickr site here. For information about the Permanent Diaconate click here.
29th May. RIP Mgr Gerald Moorcraft who died in High Wycombe Hospital in the early hours of this morning. He was awaiting a heart bypass operation after recent heart troubles. Ordained in 1964, he served in Cambridge, Bishop's House, and Towcester, and from 1979 as parish priest at Princes Risborough until his retirement last year. Bishop Peter says: "Gerald was a great servant of the Diocese in his role as Diocesan Treasurer, and I know that he touched the lives of many of our priests as Vocations Director. Above all, he was a much loved Parish Priest. In the sure hope of the resurrection let us commend him to the Lord. May he rest in peace." His Requiem Mass took place at St Teresa's on 10th June.
24th May. The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a new statement about the partial introduction of the new Missal in September. There is now a section of ths website dedicated to information and resources about this change - click here.
24th April - Fr Robert Preece has retired as Priest-in-charge of Our Lady of Walsingham at Corby from Easter Sunday. Bishop Peter says: " I would like to thank Fr Robert for his 14 years of service at Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby both as Assistant Priest and latterly as Parish Priest. I intend to make a permanent appointment for the parish in September. In the meantime, I have asked Father Mirek Misiura, who has been assisting Canon Kevin O’Driscoll at Holy Family, Langley, to take temporary charge of the parish."