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5th September - Change of office - Brin Dunsire, the Data Protection Manager, and Avril Baigent, Pastoral Ministry Adviser, have just moved their offices from Ker Anna at Princes Risborough to Damien House, behind the Immaculate Heart of Mary church at 23 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 9AA. Brin’s new landline number is 01494 865574. Avril’s number, and both their e-mails, remain the same. In late October they will be joined there by Deborah Purfield and the CAFOD office.

3rd September - Press Statement 

Father Francis McDermott, a priest of the Diocese of Northampton, who withdrew from active ministry in 2005 and has not exercised any active ministry since that time, has today been charged with twenty child sexual abuse offences between 1971-1978. The case is due to be heard at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court.

The Right Reverend Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, affirmed that the Diocese would continue to co-operate fully with the Court proceedings as the safeguarding of children and adults at risk is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church. 

As in all such cases, our thoughts and prayers are with those hurt by abuse in all forms.

In the event of any concerns arising from this case, please contact either the Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding, Canon Michael Harrison (01536 203121), or the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Danielle Dixon (01604 723514). At present, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.

Issued by: Neil Roseman, The Northampton Diocesan Communication Office Date: 03 September 2018

Tel: 01582 720627 or 07725 234700

E-mail: neil@nymo.org

Bishop Peter23rd August - This was the day on which Bishop Peter co-presented one of many panel workshops at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.  The topic was "Marriage Preparation and the Parish in the Light of Amoris Laetitia". A report is available on the Clifton Diocese website here 

The Pope's letter to the world about clerical abuse, issued on 20th August just before the Dublin meeting, is here

26th July - The Bishop has announced the following clergy moves and news (some of these were made known in late June)

Buckingham and Brackley - Father Prince Kurian MSFS has returned to India and has been replaced as Priest in Charge by Father Roy Karakattu MSFS. 

Datchet and Eton - Father Francis McAuliffe SPS is retiring from mission work in Kenya to become Priest in Charge. 

Dunstable - Father Kieran Magovern CM is retiring after 22 years in the parish, as is Father Jimmy Sheil CM who is unwell. Father Eamon Devlin CM has been appointed Parish Priest, supported by Father Ako Anyanwu CM of the Nigerian/Irish Province, and at weekends by Father Padraig Regan CM. 

High Wycombe - Father David Barrett is the new Assistant Priest at St Augustine's. 

Kettering - Father Wilson Sebastian MSFS is the new Assistant Priest. 

Luton - Father Simon Penhalagan is the new Parish Priest of St Martin de Porres. 

Milton Keynes - Father Pius Amoako  continues as part time Assistant Priest in the Cluster as he takes up responsibilities in the Sion Community. Father Brendan Seery is a new Assistant Priest in the Cluster. 

Northampton - Father Michael Bates is the new Assistant Priest in the Cathedral Parish. 

Thrapston, Raunds and Oundle - Father Brian Leatherland is retiring at the end of August. The three parishes will be served by Canon Michael Harrison and Father Gregory Marchwinski,  who is on loan from the Diocese of Plock, at Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby. 

While some of the moves have already occurred, most of the moves take place in September. 

8th July - The St Francis Group is a new venture, begun in Milton Keynes but intended to spread throughout the Diocese. It is dedicated to responding to the Pope's call in Laudato Sii for dialogue and action concerning the care of 'our common home', with particular focus on our relationship with animals. If interested, please contact Virginia Bell.  More here...

Brent Adonis at ordination

7th July - Brent Adonis was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate at St Teresa's, Beaconsfield, for that parish and St Dunstan's, Bourne End.  Bishop Peter was joined by Mgr Sean Healy (parish priest), Fr Francis Higgins (former PP), Fr Shyju Chacko, Fr Joseph Udoh and Fr Gerard Byrne, also Fr Peter-John Pearson from South Africa, a family friend; plus several deacons, Brent's Wonersh classmates (some of whom had to leave promptly to attend more ordinations at Southwark !) and a large turnout of family and parishioners. Wonderful as the Mass was, everyone was glad to move into the air-conditioned luxury of the Parish Centre for a splendid lunch.  Pictured L-R: Lynn Adonis, Dcn Brent, his father, and Fr Peter-John Pearson.

30th June - RIP Canon Brian Frost who died this day after a fall at his home. He had just attained his 92nd birthday. Ordained in 1950, he served at St Josephs Bedford, the Cathedral, Leighton Buzzard, St Josephs Luton for 14 years, Rushden for 11, then Kettering for three years before a brief spell at St Patrick's Corby, from where he retired in 1995. His funeral will be at St Edmund’s Church, Halesworth, Suffolk at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 1 August.. More details here. May he rest in peace.

Deacon David Donaghue lying prostrate on chequered floor23rd June - David Donaghue from St Gregory's Northampton,  one of our seminarians, was ordained to the transitional Diaconate at Oscott College. David is pictured prostrating himself, with his colleagues,seven of whom were ordained for various Dioceses on that day by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham. Photo (c) Oscott College. 

Bishop with Lord Lieutenant and Mayor

8th June - Bishop Peter celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1968. The Jubilarians' Mass also marked the Diamond Jubilees for Canon Mick Hazell and Fr Neville McClement, a Golden Jubilee for Canon Bosco Clarke, 40th for Frs O'Connell and Whitfield, and Silver for Frs D Barrett, Killeen, and Bialowas, though not all could attend. Archbishop Kevin McDonald and the Bishop of Hallam attended the Mass, which was followed by a sunny garden party at Bishop's House. Picture shows the Bishop with the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor - many more on our Facebook page

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