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mgr|Armitage speaking at the lectern, Northampton cathedral7th February - Bishop Peter celebrated Mass to open the Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham at Northampton Cathedral this evening. He was joined by Mgr John Armitage, pictured, Rector of the Catholic Shrine in Walsingham. Mgr Armitage spoke of the historical and current day significance of the rededication of Our Lady of Walsingham to England. Many more photos on our Facebook page.

Kevin Ryan8th December - Also this day, Kevin Ryan, from High Wycombe, was ordained as a transitional Deacon at St Mary's College, Oscott. Some time next year he will , please God, be ordained as a priest. 

The Nuncio at MassThe Nuncio toasting guests at Bishop's House8th December 2018 - on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,
a Patronal feast of the Diocese, the papal Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, celebrated mass at the Cathedral to mark the end of the year of Prayer and Vocation.  It was preceded on the Friday evening  by a by-invitation reception at Bishop's House when the Nuncio met people from many walks of life from across the Diocese. A recording of the whole Mass  is here (search among "recordings "), and there are many more photos on our Facebook page here.

Sy Yvonne Pilarski SSJC5th December - Congratulations to Sister Yvonne Pilarski who has been appointed as a Counsellor to the Superior General of her Congregation, the Sisters of the Sacred heart of Jesus. . Sadly, this means that she has to leave her role in the Milton Keynes Cluster as Parish Administrator of Christ the King, Kents Hill and St Bede’s, Newport Pagnell at the end of the year. Bishop Peter  thanks Sr Yvonne for all she has done in that role and also for her work in the Diocese as Vicar for Religious. her Farewell Mass was on Friday 4th January , 7 :30pm at Christ the King. 

6th November 2018  -   Press Statement     Father Francis McDermott, a priest of the Diocese of Northampton, has today appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to twenty child sexual abuse offences. The case has now been adjourned for a trial to take place on 04 February 2019.  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 723514C). Issued by:Neil Roseman - The Northampton Diocesan Communication Office     Date:   06 November 2018 Tel:01582 720627 or 07725 234700 E-mail:neil@nymo.org

Fr Jimmy Sheil29th october 2018 -. It is with great sadness (writes Bishop Peter) that I write to let you know that Father Jimmy Shiel CM  died suddenly yesterday at Nazareth House where he had moved due to ill health following many years of priestly service in the Vincentian parish covering Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Toddington. May he rest in peace.Jimmy was such a good man and a great priest, loved by young and old alike. Let us pray that he may be rejoicing in the fullness of life in heaven .His funeral Masses were at Houghton Regis (12th Nov) and Dunstable (13th Nov)  

22nd October 2018 - Press Statement -  On 19 October 2018, Father Paul Clarke, a Religious priest of the Order of the Friars Minor Conventual, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison having pleaded guilty to six offences of Indecent Assault against a child, at an earlier hearing at Northampton Crown Court. The Bishop of the Northampton Diocese would like to comment that "these are serious crimes and this is reflected in the sentence given. I wish to reiterate that I take the matter very seriously indeed and my thoughts and prayers are especially with the victim and their family. I am firmly committed to observing those robust guidelines for the protection of children that have been established in recent years. The Diocese of Northampton takes its responsibilities with regard to safeguarding very seriously and employs a full time professional Safeguarding Co-ordinator, who is supported by a Safeguarding Commission comprising professionals within the field of safeguarding.   All allegations are immediately reported to the police and any misconduct is dealt with strictly in line with the safeguarding procedures of the Catholic Church. The Diocese co-operates fully with the police in all cases and has co-operated fully with the statutory authorities throughout their investigations in this particular case."   In the event of any concerns arising from this case, please contact the Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding, Canon Michael Harrison (01536 203121), or the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Danielle Dixon (01604 723514). 

Issued by: Neil Roseman The Northampton Diocesan Communication Office

Tel: 01582 720627 or 07725 234700

Date: 22 October 2018

19th October - with climate change very much in the news again, parishes may be interested in a film-based discussion resource under the name of "Global healing- Our Common Home" commended by the Bishops' Conference and produced by the CafE team. Click here. 

1st October - Marriage and Family Life Project Worker. Lynn Adonis is now in post to help develop Catholic Marriage Preparation in our Diocese. 

We’ve obtained funding from the national Celebrating Family Fund (a part-time role for two years) to help us implement the Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage, initially focusing on some Pastoral Areas in the south of the Diocese. Lynn, a parishioner at St Dunstan’s Bourne End & St Teresa’s Beaconsfield, has been married for 30 years to Brent (who was ordained Deacon in July) and they have two adult daughters. Lynn is active in parish life, both here and in their previous home in Cape Town, and has extensive project management, coaching and counselling skills developed in her former posts in the financial services industry. Contact her at Lynn.MFL@northamptondiocese.com

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 - 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 234700E-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...

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 family friend 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 was at St Edmund’s Church, Halesworth, Suffolk at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 1 August.. May he rest in peace.

/David Donaghue23rd June - David Donaghue from St Gregory's Northampton,  one of our seminarians, was ordained to the transitional Diaconate at Oscott College. David is pictured receiving prayers from Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham. Photo (c) Oscott College. 

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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