Posted by: catholicrelics | September 18, 2009

A note of thanks from the Bishop of Portsmouth

Thank you

Thank you

Over the years of the history of our Diocese and our Cathedral in Portsmouth, we have witnessed many great events and occasions. But, for sheer intensity of prayer and real devotion, I doubt whether any have matched what we have experienced during the hours of the visit to the Cathedral of the Relics of St Therese.

The casket containing her bones was with us for about 26 hours and during that time, the Cathedral remained open and welcoming to about 4,500 people who came to pray.

Meticulous planning and attention to detail are crucial for such events and that was particularly necessary for such a huge event as the one which we have just hosted. As far as I could see, everything went without a hitch and this was entirely due to the tireless and devoted work over many months of a dedicated team so ably led by Canon David Hopgood and Fr Steven Restori.

Liturgists, musicians, altar servers, media personnel, stewards, listeners, guides and caterers, to name but some of those responsible for all the logistics of this great event, worked wonderfully well together. They were completely and generously supported by the whole Cathedral parish community and by many other communities throughout the diocese. By working so well together, they have enabled our diocesan family to be abundantly blessed in these days.

There have been many occasions when I have been intensely proud to be the bishop of our diocese of Portsmouth, but never more so than now. I will keep the memory of these days and, I hope, the graces that have flowed from them forever in my heart.

Thank you all very much.


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