Wisbech welcomes new priest

New Catholic Priest at Wisbech, induction, LtoR,  Fr James Fyfe with The Bishop of East Anglia The Rt. Rev. Alan Hopes, ANL-150217-074646009
New Catholic Priest at Wisbech, induction, LtoR, Fr James Fyfe with The Bishop of East Anglia The Rt. Rev. Alan Hopes, ANL-150217-074646009

Wisbech has officially welcomed a new priest to the town.

A total of 150 people watched as Fr James Fyfe was handed the keys to Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo Church.

The church has been without a priest for three years following the tragic death of Fr Eddie Murphy in a car accident in Ireland.

The Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, conducted the induction ceremony, which included Fr Fyfe renewing his ordination vows.

The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries.

Fr Fyfe arrived in the town on February 6 and has received a warm welcome.

He said: “I like the people very much and I am an easy person to get to know.

“For the first time in years they have a priest living here and they don’t have to share, so they are absolutely delighted. I like the town.”

Fr Fyfe, 69, has been a priest for 17 years and hopes to re-connect with lapsed Catholics in the town.

The church will be running the About Being Catholic (ABC) classes.

Fr Fyfe said: “The Catholic Church welcomes all.

“Those people who have drifted away from the church, or who would like to know more are very much welcome as we are a teaching church.

“I hope to be a useful and welcoming priest.”