Bishop Doyle goes the extra mile

During his pastoral visit to Christ the King, Bedford, on the weekend of 12 – 13 May, Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton was called upon to go the extra mile. He was due to preach at the Latin Mass, but at the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances, he not only gave the homily, but celebrated the Mass as well.

He told us afterwards that it was the first time he had celebrated in the Extraordinary Form.  Bishop Doyle’s Latin proved to be excellent, and with guidance from Fr Goddard, all went smoothly and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was duly and properly offered.

We are very grateful to both Bishop Doyle and Fr Goddard for adapting so readily to the situation and so enabling the Mass to take place.

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