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Warm welcome for Canadian pilgrims from Gainford congregation
A COUNTY DURHAM congregation played host to a group of pilgrims from Canada.
The Darlington Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, based at St Osmund's Church, Gainford, welcomed Father Lee Kenyon and eight members of the Personal Ordinariate of St Peter, from St John the Evangelist parish in Calgary, Alberta, as part of a tour the group was making of the North-East.
The visit was marked with a joint mass, music, a reception and lunch.
The ordinariate is made up of former Anglicans who have converted to Catholicism and Gainford now boasts a thriving Catholic parish and ordinariate group, with priest-in-residence Fr Ian Grieves celebrating Sunday Mass for both communities.
Fr Grieves said ordinariate centres were now developing in several northern towns, including Manchester and Preston, as well as the Gainford centre which serves County Durham and North Yorkshire.
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