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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 (fortmer 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. Funeral details will be notified as soon as possible. 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

29th May - From the Catholic Herald of this date: 

G K Chesterton head & shouldersAn investigation into the Cause for GK Chesterton is expected to be handed to the Bishop of Northampton this summer.Canon John Udris was appointed in 2013 to look into the possibility of opening the Cause. He told the Herald that Chesterton was potentially a “huge model” for the Church, a beer-and-Burgundy-lover who “breaks the mould of conventional holiness”. But he said it was not up to him to recommend opening the Cause.

Canon Udris said this week that he hoped to complete the investigation by the summer. “Then it will be the decision of Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton whether or not to open the Cause.“He will obviously want to consult with the Bishops’ Conference and with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints before doing so.”

16th May. Belated news that retired Deacon Douglas Denny died on this day. From the Burnham parish newsletter:
"His Requiem Mass  [ was ] on Thursday, 31st May at 11.30am followed by committal at Slough Crematorium.Deacon Douglas and his wife Pauline were wonderful members of our community at Our Lady of Peace. Douglas was one of the first Deacons to be ordained for our Diocese on 9th July 1976  [ and the last of a crop of four all ordained under Fr David Woodard. including Ted Connelly, Joseph Billington, and George Brooker - Ed ] and he became the Deacon in St Anthony’s Parish. He decided that his Diaconate work would be to care for the dying, and he was the inspiration and founder in 1987 of Thames Hospice Care where patients had the very best palliative care.Douglas was enormously proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a faithful and deeply spiritual man. We will all miss him"  May he rest in peace. 

fotballer praying8th May - The end of the football season has brought mixed news about our four League teams in the Diocese. While Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers secured promotion from League Two to League One, MK Dons and Northampton Town passed them on the way down, so to speak, being relegated to League Two. We wish them a swift return so that we can look forward to more Diocesan Derbies.... 

Fr Stephen McGuinness7th May - Father Stephen McGuinness died in Corby on the morning of this day after a long illness. May he rest in peace. Ordained in June 1986, Fr  Stephen served at Our Lady of Lourdes in Milton Keynes, St Anthony's Slough, St Gregory's Northampton, Thrapston, St Wulstan's and Our Lady of Grace High Wycombe 1996 to 2006, and from 2006 until his retirement in 2015 at St John Ogilvie, Corby. 

Father Stephen’s body was due to be received into the Church of St John Ogilvie on Tuesday, 29 May at 4.30pm followed by a Mass at 7pm. Bishop Peter was to celebrate the Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 30 May at Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Corby. 

20th April - Press Statement. 

"Father Patrick Bailey has attended Luton Crown Court over a number of months and faced four allegations of sexual offences against adults. Because of restrictions on reporting, it is only possible now to confirm that Father Bailey has been found not guilty and acquitted of all offences. 

This has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for all those involved in this case and the thoughts and prayers of the Right Reverend Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, are with them. 

The Diocese is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of every vulnerable person in our parishes and it is important to say that there are robust safeguarding policies and procedures in operation throughout the Diocese, and indeed the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Any abuse reported to the Diocese is referred to the police and other relevant authorities"

Issued by: Father Paul Hardy Bishop’s Press Officer.Tel: 01908 504771 E-mail: vine01@btopenworld.com

Young man signing in formal book18th February - At the Rite of Election at the Cathedral, those seeking to join the Catholic Church at Easter were welcomed, with their sponsors, by Bishop Peter and their names were inscribed in the Book of the Elect. 

New colonnaded building under tress

9th February - The Cathedral Development Campaign received a boost recently with the news that work could begin as soon as July this year! Canon Mark Floody, Dean of the Cathedral, announced the news at Mass last weekend. Having raised a magnificent £2.4 million, our diocese is confident to authorise the beginning of this building project. To see Fr Mark's presentation, click here and click on the recordings tab navigating to the homily of the Sunday Mass on 4th February recording ; or to donate and/or find out more, email Angela here .(From the Diocesan e-news bulletin sent out this day.) 

5th February - Changes at CCRS

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies has been successfully educating teachers and interested parishioners in our diocese for many years. Warren Edwards has steered the course over the last five years during which we have reached record numbers of students and record numbers graduating from the 16 month course. CCRS is currently running in four centres across the diocese, with one cohort nearing completion, two others in full flow and a new group just beginning in Bedford. With Warren’s retirement from managing CCRS, Steve O’Brien has now taken up the role of coordinating the course for Northampton diocese. If you are interested in finding out more about CCRS or wish to enrol on a future course, please contact Steve at the education office in Luton. You can email him at obrien@nores.org.uk or ring during office hours on 01582 723312. New students are always welcome and will be directed towards the next study opportunity.

1st February - congratulations to Canon John Beirne and Canon Dr Brendan Killeen, newly appointed to the Cathedral Chapter. 

20th January 2018 - At the annual Deacons and Wives' day at Thornton College, a farewell presentation was made to Joanna HaleJoanna Hale, holding picture-frame,  with Bishop, who has been an invaluable part of the Diaconal Formation Team for some sixteen years, and has thus influenced the training of most of the Permanent Deacons currently active in the Diocese (and many beyond it, thanks to her participation at national planning level, including teaching at the Wonersh seminary). Bishop Peter and Fr Francis Higgins presented her with gifts including an illuminated manuscript and flowers. 

Maria Collins speaking before screenThe meeting also heard from Maria Collins, a parishioner of Holy Family and St Johns in Luton, who is a passionate expert on dementia care and is dedicated to making our churches more friendly places for those with this disease, who are to be treated as persons with dignity rather than "dementia sufferers". Maria has brought long NHS experience to bear on running a home-care company and an award-winning dementia-friendly cafe at St Johns in Luton.  She is willing to come and talk to parishes and Pastoral Areas - contact her on maria.collins@homeinstead.co.uk 

Deacon David Smith7th January 2018 - Deacon David Smith assisted with his last Mass at Daventry on this date. He is in the process of moving, with his wife, Anna, to Northumberland to administer St Aidan’s parish, Seahouses, and work in HMP Northumberland. David was ordained in June 2010 and also served as one of the Trustees of the Diocese in the last few years. We all wish him well in his new role.

Deacon Peter GriffinAnother Deacon is moving "internally" - This from the Wellingborough newsletter before Christmas - "Bishop Peter has recently asked Deacon Peter Griffin to leave us in order to serve in the Parish of Olney, where Sr. Rita has just retired. Fr Malcolm Bull, who is based some distance away in Bedford, and is also hospital chaplain there, is delighted at the prospect of having Peter’s support. We hope Peter will continue to stay on as Chair of Governors at our school and continue his work with the Scouts. Deacon Peter has served this parish (12 years with Fr Ed) since his ordination some 15 years ago and many will be sad to see him go." There was a Thanksgiving Mass at Our Lady’s, Wellingborough,  on 5th January. Peter begins his ministry at Olney on 1st February.  

Olivia Rzadkewiecz3rd January 2018 - a new face at NYMO ! Olivia Rzadkiewic has joined their Luton office as Communications and Events Coordinator.  Prior to this, Olivia worked as a journalist and in charity communications.  Olivia’s faith became her own at the age of twelve, when she got involved with the Youth SVP at her home church of St Joseph’s in Gerrards Cross.  She went on to become president of her group before helping out with a Soul Food group and more generally with youth work in her parish.  In recent years, Olivia has become involved in interdenominational projects and groups with local churches, including helping to set up a 24/7 prayer room in Chalfont St Peter.  Olivia loves singing, painting, comedy, and walking in the countryside (she is trying to become enthused about fitness with the help of her Fitbit!)  Contact her on Olivia@nymo.org. 

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