The 19 July marked a significant celebration for Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead. At a Mass of Thanksgiving held to mark the 90th anniversary of the church, Bishop Alan Williams ordained Gary Dench, who has been in training for the priesthood, to the Diaconate. Then, parishioner Derek Kelly received the Benemerenti medal from Bishop Alan
In a very special occasion for the parish of Holy Family, Dagenham, Rick Fernandez was ordained a priest at the end of June. Rick studied at the Beda College in Rome and became a deacon last July in Dagenham. More than 300 people, including 40 priests, were present as Bishop Alan Williams sm, the
Bishop Alan has accepted a new student for formation for the Priesthood. Matúš Meleg will begin his studies at Allen Hall in September. Two new students are also to begin formation to the Permanent Diaconate. Liam Rand and Anthony Rowley will commence their studies next month at Wonersh.
Bishop Alan Williams sm will be joining priests from the diocese for the Celebration of Priesthood at Chigwell Convent on Thursday 7 June. Warm congratulations go to priests who will be celebrating jubilees this year – Fr Brian McWilliams will be celebrating his Diamond Jubilee (60th); Mgr Bill Nix, Frs John Taylor, and Isidore Faloona
Please pray for Bro Philip Thomas CSJ who will be ordained for the Priesthood at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 23 June at St Antony’s, Forest Gate and Rev Rick Fernandez who will be ordained for the Priesthood at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 30 June at Holy Family, Dagenham. Prayers are also asked for Gary Dench
On Good Shepherd Sunday in April, parishes and people across the diocese prayed for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. It marked the 55th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The theme this year was ‘It’s Your Call’ and resources and guidance are available on the website of the National