Around 120 people took part in the of faith and food event on Friday at Wisbech Catholic Church and the Rosmini Centre.
Three priests from neighbouring parishes joined parish priest Fr Sean Connolly. Guests included Wisbech Mayor Samantha Hoy and three Anglican ministers, Rural Dean Matthew Bradbury, Dawn Mason and Ryk Parkinson.
The Mayor made a speech and urged townspeople to put aside differences and work for the continuation of improvements in the life of the town. In his homily, Monsignor Tony Philpott from Peterborough spoke in English, Portuguese and Polish. The message was rejoice in diversity. The congregation also had prayers in Filipino, read by Myline Schooling, a native of that county. As the service was being conducted at the very moment when President John F Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago, people were urged to recapture that sense of optimism which Kennedy epitomised.
The congregation moved to the Rosmini Centre for food from the four corners of the earth. Fr Sean commented on the sense of togetherness which pervaded the evening which was echoed by Keith Aplin, Wisbech Churches Together. A significant feature of the evening was the coming together of both native Wisbechians and their new neighbours from all over the world and it marked Wisbech’s contribution to National Interfaith Week 2013. Musical entertainment was by Arhill and Cherry, a local jazz/blues duet.