Visit of the Cardinal

This year is the 440th anniversary of one of the great saints of our Diocese, the martyr St Cuthbert Mayne.  It was a great privilege and joy to welcome as our guest for two days (28/29 November) of celebrations Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.  The Cardinal preached at Vespers in the Cathedral (see homily).  Canon David Annear, Parish Priest of Launceston, brought the relic of St Cuthbert to the Cathedral, which was placed on the altar and which many came to venerate after the service.  It was a pleasure to have the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and other local dignitaries and friends join us for the occasion.  It was a particular joy to welcome staff and students from St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay (pictured below), also celebrating this special anniversary.
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The next day, the Cardinal spoke about Missionary Priesthood to the clergy of the Diocese (see talk) and answered questions.  The celebrations came to a climax with Mass concelebrated by the priests of the Diocese and Buckfast Abbey, at which Cardinal Vincent was the Principal Celebrant.  Bishop Mark preached the homily (see homily) and the wonderful Abbey choir led the signing.  This was followed by a splendid lunch.  Our thanks to Abbot David and the Community for their warm welcome.

The full album of photos from the Cardinal's visit is available below:
Cardinals Visit 2017