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East Anglia: priest is inducted, church crawl and retreat

Latest news in brief from the Diocese of East Anglia include a priest being inducted, a three-church crawl and a parish retreat.

dickhealey300For the first time in living memory, a new priest has been inducted at the Parish of Fakenham.

Fr Dick Healey (pictured right) was inducted by Bishop Alan on Thursday September 8 (the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady).

Priests of the King's Lynn Deanery, two priest friends, along with a sizeable congregation, gathered in the Church of St Anthony of Padua, to participate in the Rite of Induction of a Parish Priest.

It was an historic event, as it was something which hadn't happened in the parish within living memory of the many parishioners who attended.

Fr Dick was appointed, to succeed Fr Tony Webb, who died at the end of May this year and who had been at Fakenham for eight years.

Fr Dick came to his new parish, from OLEM Cambridge, where for a member of years he served as Priest Administrator.

Following the Mass, everyone adjourned and enjoyed refreshments provided by the ladies of the parish on the lawn outside the church.

churchcrawlstowmarket750100 pilgrims from St Edmunds Deanery participated in a Three Churches Crawl on Saturday September 24.

Leaving on a coach from St Henry Morse in Diss, a 10am Mass at Thetford (St Mary's) was followed by tea and bacon rolls in the church hall and a tour of the newly decorated and refurbished church.

The journey to Bury St Edmunds for Midday Prayer was followed by a talk from historian John Saunders about St Edmund's church.

After lunch in the crypt, the group set off for Stowmarket to Our Lady's(pictured right) for Evening Prayers, a look around the church and a cream tea.

In August, Michael Green (pictured top, first left back) of Our Lady & St Charles Borromeo Parish in Wisbech organized a retreat at Launde Abbey,the retreat centre for the Anglican Dioceses of Peterborough and Leicester, located in beautiful Rutland country.An Anglican friend accompanied the group.

The Retreat "Encountering God in Daily Life" was a personal journey to deepen the awareness of God's Presence and was facilitated by Hilary Finlay (second on the right back).The group also enjoyed the hospitality of St Joseph's Parish in Oakham for Mass and coffee with parishioners afterwards.

Group member Mary Harwood (third on the left back), said: "This was my first retreat as I felt that what was on offer was something I couldn't resist ' the chance to widen my awareness of God and his message for me. It also gave me the opportunity to get to know some people from my parish better.

"The Abbey was breath-taking and its tranquillity creates a calming and reflective effect on visitors. It would be difficult to express how wonderful the experience made us feel, both physically and spiritually. Giving a new insight of how to look on our own Christian life."

Pictured top is the retreat group from Wisbech.