It was an historic day in the life of the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia when the Cathedral Chapter was established with the installation of nine Canons.
A congregation of around 600 travelled to the occasion at a Solemn Mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich on Thursday.
Welcoming the congregation, the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Revd Alan Hopes, said: “This is an historic day in the life of our Diocese. The Canons will support the life and mission of the Cathedral and the wider Diocese, through their prayers and their dedicated support of the Bishop in their local communities.
“They will also become a College of Consultors, in accordance with a resolution made by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in 2009 and would be consulted by the Papal Nuncio whenever there is an inter-regnum in the Diocese and a new bishop needs to be appointed.
Those installed in the new Chapter of Canons were: Very Revd Mark Canon Hackeson (Parish Priest of Bury St Edmunds), The Very Revd David Canon Paul (Provost), the Very Revd David Canon Bagstaff (Vicar General), the Very Revd Simon Canon Blakesley (Judicial Vicar), the Very Revd Mathew Canon George Vandalakkunel (Parish Priest of Thetford), the, the Rt Revd Monsignor Eugène Canon Harkness (Chancellor), the Very Revd Hoan Canon Nguyen Minh (Parish Priest of St Luke’s, Peterborough), the Very Revd Peter Canon Rollings (Parish Priest of King’s Lynn) and the Very Revd Mgr Peter Canon Leeming (Parish Priest of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge)