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Town prepares to welcome new priest from Ghana

PUBLISHED: 11:49 03 September 2019

After five years as parish priest of Diss Catholic church, Father David Bagstaff is moving to Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Judith Tooth

After five years as parish priest of Diss Catholic church, Father David Bagstaff is moving to Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Judith Tooth

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The Diss Catholic parish priest is stepping down to be replaced by a new priest from Ghana.

The parish community at the Church of St Henry Morse, Diss, gathered to thank Father David Bagstaff for serving as parish priest for the past five years.Picture: Judith ToothThe parish community at the Church of St Henry Morse, Diss, gathered to thank Father David Bagstaff for serving as parish priest for the past five years.Picture: Judith Tooth

Father David Bagstaff is moving from the Church of St Henry Morse to take a new role in Bury St Edmunds five years, almost to the day, since his appointment in Diss.

He said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Diss. It's a great parish community, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. It is never easy to move on."

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Father David said highlights had included the parish community's campaign to become a 'LiveSimply' parish and the growing involvement of children in Sunday worship through their 'Little Church'.

He has also been a regular contributor to the Sunday morning reflection, Morning Thought on Park Radio since it was set up.

His replacement is Father Alex Anaman, who has recently arrived in this country from Ghana.

"He will bring a new dimension to the parish and I'm sure the community will quickly take him to their hearts," he said.

The parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Diss, is made up of the Church of St Henry Morse on Shelfanger Road and the Carmel at Quidenham. The parish covers many surrounding villages in Norfolk and Suffolk as well as the town of Diss itself.

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