Sunday, August 19, 2012


Many of you will recall that we approached the dean of Hexham Abbey (founded 1127) to request permission to celebrate an EF Mass at the high altar. The dean conferred with the then parish priest of St Mary's Catholic Church (Fr Deegan RIP) who asked him to refuse permission. Bear in mind that students of Ushaw College had celebrated the OF Mass here months earlier.

With the demise of Fr Deegan a new parish priest was appointed who had previously been a curate at our cathedral where we are always welcomed. Again the dean was approached and we were invited to approach our diocesan chancellor.  This was not pursued as it seemed the dean had made his decision.

We are delighted to say that Fr Chris Warren has agreed to a celebration of the EF in St Mary's, Hexham on Friday 12th October 2012.  The celebrant will be Fr Michael Brown.  It has not yet been decided on the form of the Mass but please watch this space for more information.

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