BBC Radio Suffolk on the Diocese of East Anglia’s 40th Anniversary

Suffolk’s oldest Catholic chapel: the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (formerly Chapel of the Immaculate Conception), Bury St Edmunds (1761)

This morning (Sunday 5 June) BBC Radio Suffolk broadcasted my interview with Jon Wright on his Sunday morning breakfast show. The interview was recorded on Thursday at the Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr in Bury St Edmunds, and features a walk-through of the church, with a particular focus on the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, formerly the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. This is the oldest functioning Catholic place of worship in Suffolk, having been completed by Fr John Gage SJ in 1761. Jon Wright asked me about the status of Catholicism at the time, the difficulties Catholics experienced, and how the position of Catholics in East Anglia has changed over the years. Jon also gave details of the ‘Catholic East Anglia’ conference taking place in Norwich next Saturday 11 June, for which tickets are still available!

You can listen to the interview (scroll to 02:10:46) here.

I was privileged on Friday to be able to attend the 40th anniversary Mass for the Diocese of East Anglia in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, which was attended by around a thousand people. Copies of Catholic East Anglia were on sale in the Cathedral shop for the first time, and Cardinal Nichols (who was the preacher at the Mass) has also been presented with a copy by the Bishop of East Anglia.

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