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Fr Damien Walne RIP7th March  - RIP Fr Damien Walne, who passed away in Northampton General Hospital on Saturday morning. Ordained in 1970, he served first in High Wycombe 1970-77 where he was the first priest at St Wulstan's, then at Our Lady's, Corby, 1977-84, Christ the King in Bedford 1984-91, and for the last 23+ years at Great Billing, Northampton, where he was Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. He was also for some years the Director of the annual Lourdes pilgrimage, and patron of the Rosary Link for Vocations, and was recently helping to look after Sacred Heart in Northampton after Fr Calnan's death. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. 

Father Damien’s body was due to be received into the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Great Billing, Northampton at 2.00pm on Thursday, 19 March 2015. A Mass was to be celebrated by Father Andrew Behrens at 7.00pm that evening. Bishop Peter was due to celebrate the Funeral Mass on Friday, 20 March 2015 at 2.00pm in the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, Northampton followed by a burial at the cemetery in Billing.

There was to be a reception following the Funeral Mass at the Barratts Club which is opposite but just down the road from the Cathedral. 

20th February - During his Visitation to St John Ogilvie, Corby, on 25th January, Bishop Peter announceed to the parish that Fr Stephen McGuinness would shortly be retiring. This will leave Corby with only two priests. A meeting was to be held at 7pm at St Brendan's School on Thursday 26th Feb for the Bishop to receive constructive suggestions as to how we are to best serve the Catholic community of Corby with two priests.


Fr George McCann cutting his jubilee cake, 201327th January - RIP Fr George McCann, in Northampton General Hospital. Ordained in 1953, Fr George served in Burnham, Northampton, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Shefford, and in Beaconsfield between 1983 and 1996, from where he retired. He celebrated his Diamond Jubilee at Bishop's House in June 2013. His funeral was at St Edwards, Kettering, on Tuesday 17th February. 


Bp Peter witjh Archbp Longley and church leaders smiling behind altar, Northampton Cathedral21st January - The 50th anniversary of the Vatican II decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio – the Restoration of Unity – was celebrated in an inspiring service at Northampton Cathedral during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Bishop Peter Doyle had invited church leaders from across the four counties of the diocese and from Churches Together in England to take part in this unique event. The congregation that filled the cathedral were delighted to see the diversity of clergy gathered from a variety of traditions, seated in a semicircle around the altar. Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Archbishop Gregorius read the Gospel and the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley was the preacher. More here...



Benedetto d'Autilia kneeling before the Bishop

29th November. Benedetto D'Autilia, from St Aidan's in Northampton and also a member of the Vocationist order, is one of our seminarians in training for the priesthood;  on this day he was ordained to the transitional Diaconate by Bishop Peter at Oscott College, Birmingham. His ordination as a priest is set for 1st August 2015.


23rd November - Bishop Peter has informed the Diocese that he will be one of the England & Wales Bishops attending the international Synod on Family Life next October. This is the conference for which the recent  "Extraordinary" or preparatory session attracted a lot of media attention. Requests for parish input will be forthcoming after Christmas. 


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