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Diocesan Vocations Directors: Fr Pat Cleary and Fr Michael Collis.


Promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Permanent Diaconate and Religious Life within the diocese.

New students for the Priesthood for the Diocese

Five men have come forward and been accepted to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of East Anglia.

Bishop Alan said he was delighted that so "suitable and enthusiastic candidates" had been accepted.

Alan Hodgson, 50, is from Cape Town in South Africa and is a manager for British Airways. He is now living in Bury St Edmunds where he has been involved in parish work for the past year.

Mike Brookes, 53, who comes originally from Birmingham, now lives in Dereham and currently works in social services in Norfolk.

Mbongiseni Nyathi, 24, likes to be known as Dominic and is a student at Norwich City College coming originally from Zimbabwe but he spent several years in South Africa.

Religious studies teacher Paul Spellman, 44, was born in Durham but now works with the Salesians in London.

Mark Ashwood, 36, comes from Belfast and worked as an occupational therapist in London. He is in the second year of this study at the University of East Anglia and will complete his thesis for a PhD before beginning his studies.

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