24th February. A meeting of the Diocesan Trustees on this day welcomed five new members: Fr Tony Brennan, Mrs Maggi Bull, Mrs Margaret Harwood, Mr John Peachey and Rev. Deacon David Smith. The new members bring a wealth of experience from business, education, the voluntary sector and parish life. Photos and short biographies of them are here.
14th February - Paul Inman was ordained to the Diaconate as part of his journey towards the priesthood, at Oscott College, Birmingham. He will be ordained as a priest (God willing) on 10th June at Kettering.
22nd January. RIP Canon Stan Condon who went to the Lord on this date. Bishop Peter writes: "For many months he had carried the cross of lung cancer with great courage and with his inimitable wit. Last week he was anointed by Canon John Koenig and only moved from his home to stay with friends in Raunds the day before he died.. As many of you will know, Canon Stan was born in Poland and had a hair raising journey with his mother to England during the war to join his father who was serving with the Royal Air Force. They settled in Aylesbury from where he went on to study for the Priesthood. Ordained in 1959, he served in Corby, Thrapston, Bedford and Woburn Sands before retiring to Raunds in 2004. May he rest in peace." He is buried at St Mary's, Woburn Sands. There was to be a Vigil Mass there at 6:30pm on Sunday 29th January and a Funeral Mass at 11am on Monday 30th January. . Those who knew him may be interested in his online remiscences at http://www.publicbookshelf.com/author/Stanislaus-Andrew-Condon