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A letter from Father Jim … the weather’s still great

March 1, 2010

In early January we posted a story about Fr Jim Kennedy’s departure from the Copenhagen Street parish and Blessed Sacrament church to Cyprus. Well, Jim has been in touch and sends his latest news.

Jim Kennedy (looking unusually stern) with Emily Thornberry MP and Andy Burnham MP at a CYP Culture launch event last year

Jim thanks all his friends and former parishioners who sent him good wishes, gifts and Christmas greetings. Even more has happened to Jim in the past several weeks. He says that “life has taken some extraordinary turns since Christmas”. He had taken on a parish in the small town of Polis but has become the acting priest in Paphos. The parish priest in Paphos to whom he had reported suffered a massive stroke and he was asked to stand-in.

The Cyprus parishes are in the Diocese of Jerusalem so, although Jim is still subordinate to the Archbishop of Westminster, it seems the Patriarch of Jerusalem would like him to stay in Paphos “for quite some time.” He says that “a discussion is now taking place between the Patriarch and the Archbishop on my being seconded here for quite some time.” He adds that he is “not complaining” about this prospect.

Because of the multi-cultural mixture of his parish, his Sundays now start with “a full sung Latin Mass followed by a German/Polish Mass then one in English.” He also has a weekly Mass in French and leads monthly Masses for Sri-Lankans and Filipinos.

It is quite likely that the Church authorities want Jim on the island to help with the Pope’s visit to Cyprus in June this year. Jim played a key role in organising the previous Pope’s visit to Britain almost 30 years ago so he may have some experience they want to rub-off.

Meanwhile, the weather is wonderful.

Click here for a copy of Jim’s letter

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  1. paul coates permalink
    March 1, 2010 12:26 pm

    at first i thought that was the DLR station on the University of east london campus but of course now the overground is out of action for even longer he is better off there i suppose

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