Franciscans of the Immaculate move to Stoke

The Franciscans of the Immaculate have moved from the Archdiocese of Southwark to the Archdiocese of Birmingham where they have been given the parish of St Joseph's, Burslem, in Stoke on Trent. The Church is a fine, listed Italianate Church and I am sure that the Friars will make the most of it. I'm sorry that I cannot be at the opening Mass for the Marian Friary next Sunday (9 August) at 4.30pm, at which Bishop David McGough will preside.

Locally, we will miss Fr Agnellus, Bro Bernard and the various Friars who have visited from time to time but I am sure we will see them regularly at the excellent Day with Mary events.

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