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S Mary the Elms

Posted on the 9th Nov 2013 in the category Latest News

A Mass of Dedication in the beautifully re-decorated church of Saint Mary the Elms Ipswich was celebrated on Saturday 9th November, 2 years after the disasterous fire which started in the tower and threatened to destroy the whole building. Fortunately the fire was quickly spotted and prompt action was taken by parishoners and local people, but not before considerable damaged had been caused by fire and smoke, blackening the entire interior of this ancient and historic building. 

A much loved feature in the church is the restored image of Our Lady of Grace, the original of which was rescued by sailors in the early years of the Reformation and continues to be venerated in the coastal town of Netunno, south of Romein Italy. Friends from Nettuno led by one of their priests, the Passionist Father, Don Piero, made a special journey from Italy to share in the celebration.

The photo shows Bishop Norman with Fr Stephen Raine, the parish priest, together with Fr John Burrows, in front of the image of Our Lady of Grace. As they say in Nettuno, 'E Viva, Maria!'  (Photo by Guy Marshall, Bishop's PA)

Society of Mary

Posted on the 12th Oct 2013 in the category Latest News

Bishop Norman presided at a Mass for the Ely Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was also attended by members of the Society of Mary. The Mass was held in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral which was decked out with produce for the Cathedral's Harvest Festival weekend. Bishop Norman can be seen outside the Cathedral, with its famous Lantern, with members of the Cell as they made their way to refresments after the Mass. (Photo by Guy Marshall - the Bishop's PA)

Visit to St Thomas of Canterbury Infant School

Posted on the 7th Jun 2013 in the category Latest News

Headteacher at St Thomas of Canterbury School in Brentwood, Caroline L’Estrange writes about a visit that the Bishop of Richborough made to her school in June 2013.


‘When I last wrote I promised you an update on the visit by Bishop Norman.  We had a great day – enjoyed by everyone.  Perhaps you saw the article in the Brentwood Gazette, following Bishop Norman’s visit and saw how impressed he was with the children's questions.


‘Bishop Norman freely shared with the children about what it means to be a Bishop, all that his role entails, and all about his vestments and what they each represent and signify.  The Bishop visited all the classes, taking a huge range of questions! The children's questions were very probing and insightful, with them asking him how he talks to God, what his favourite vestment was, how you become a Bishop, and many more. 


‘One of the favourite responses was when Bishop Norman was asked ‘What is it like being a Bishop’?  He replied that ‘It was like eating a chocolate biscuit every day’. The children were left in no doubt that he clearly loves his vocation. It was a privilege to be able to welcome Bishop Norman to our school.’

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New Bishop Appointed

Posted on the 31st Dec 2010 in the category Latest News

The following announcment has been made regarding the appointment of Fr Norman Banks as the next Bishop of Richborough


The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Norman Banks, MA, Vicar of Walsingham, Houghton and Barsham, in the diocese of Norwich, and Chaplain to The Queen, to the Suffragan See of Richborough, in the Diocese of Canterbury, in succession to the Right Reverend Keith Newton, BD, AKC, PGCE, on his resignation on the 31 December 2010.


The Reverend Norman Banks, studied at Oriel College, Oxford and then trained for the ordained ministry at St Stephen's House, Oxford. He served his first curacy at Newcastle Christ Church with St Ann from 1982 to 1987 and then Priest-in-Charge from 1987 to 1990 in the Diocese of Newcastle. From 1990 to 2000 he was Vicar of Tynemouth, Cullercoats St Paul in Newcastle Diocese. Since 2000 he has been Vicar of Walsingham, Houghton and Barsham in the diocese of Norwich and Rural Dean of Burnham and Walsingham from 2008. Since 2009 he has also been Chaplain to The Queen.




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