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Bishop Philip writes…

I am sending you this week’s e-News from Buckfast Abbey in the Diocese of Plymouth where the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are meeting for their spring meeting (12-19 April 2024). The majority of this time is being spent together in prayerful retreat, the first time in five years that we have had this opportunity. The retreat is being led by Bishop Erik Varden, who is a Norwegian Trappist monk and Bishop of Trondheim. Bishop Varden served as Abbot of Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey in Leicestershire from April 2015 to September 2019. The picture shown here, with its striking image of the Lord behind the altar, is of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the east end of the monastic church, where each day we have Mass, Lauds and Eucharistic Adoration together. I am praying all through this week for our Diocese – please pray too for me. Please especially pray this week for more vocations to the priesthood in our Diocese and also for vocations to marriage and to the single life. Meanwhile, my thanks to Deacon Craig for putting together the e-News – and to you for sending in your news.
In Corde Iesu
+ Philip
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