A Catholic priest who has served the Bury St Edmunds community for 13 years will soon be relocating.
Father Philip Shryane’s last Sunday service at the Catholic Church of St Edmund King and Martyr in Westgate Street will be on September 21.
A buffet lunch will be held from 12-3pm, with anyone attending asked to contribute a plate of food.
Fr Philip, who is also chaplain at West Suffolk Hospital, St Louis Middle School and St Edmunds Catholic Primary School, said: “I’m sad about leaving Bury. I’ve been here a long time and I know all the families here in the church.
“I’ve done a lot for them – buried their relatives, married them, been at their children’s baptisms. It will be difficult saying goodbye – you put down roots more than you think.”
He will be taking a four-month sabbatical at St Edmund’s twin parish in Siem Reap, Cambodia, before taking up his new position in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
While in Cambodia, his duties will include assisting with feeding and educational programmes and visiting people in hospital and prison.
His successor, Fr Mark Hackeson, will start on September 7.
Fr Philip said: “I would like to thank the people of Bury for making me welcome. I’ve enjoyed working here.”