19th December - Bishop Peter has announced "As Fr David Barrett's extended sick leave is continuing, he is stepping down as Parish Priest of Our Lady's, Burnham. Fr Andy Richardson, who has been Priest-in-charge at Burnham since September, is appointed Parish Priest there with immediate effect."
11th December - RIP Fr Bernard Davenport. Bishop Peter writes: "Father Bernard Davenport, Parish Priest of Our Lady's, Chesham Bois, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday morning. He was being cared for at St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Pinner following the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Father Ben had been a faithful priest of the Diocese for more than 59 years. He had a great love of the missions, and one of the first messages of condolence was from a priest in East Africa. In the sure hope of the resurrection we commend him to the Lord". Fr Ben was ordained in 1953, serving in Slough, Peterborough, Leighton Buzzard, and Bedford, then a period as Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. He had been parish priest at Chesham Bois since 1982. His body was received into Our Lady's at Chesham Bois on Thursday 20th at 7:30pm and the Requiem Mass was on Friday 21st December, at St Aidan's, Little Chalfont.
31st October. RIP Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the former Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain (2004-10) who died on this date after a long illness. Mgr Marcus Stock, the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said the Bishops Conference was very saddened to hear the news. Mgr Stock said: "The Bishops remember Archbishop Faustino with great affection and admiration. His ministry as the personal representative of the Holy Father was exercised with untiring devotion and great attentiveness to the needs of our countries. Before his premature retirement due to ill health, he had won the profound respect of the diplomatic community and the hearts of the episcopal conferences he worked with". (Quote from ICN)
30th September - a Procession of Faith of well over a thousand people took place in Bedford, in anticipation of the forthcoming Year of Faith and in celebration of the formal handover of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Westminster Diocese to Northampton. A full Report and more photos here. Bishop Peter's three homilies preached at the weekend are available here (Mass at St Josephs), here (Bedford Park) and here (All Saints Evensong)
8th September - Michael Patey was ordained to the Diocesan priesthood at Northampton Cathedral, with around two hundred people joining in the celebration .Fr. Michael has now taken up his first post as Assistant Priest at St Joseph's, Bedford, from where Fr Joseph Thoppil has returned to India after ten years of service to this Diocese. Click here to download the Bishop's homily at the Ordination Mass. .