Bishop consecrates new £1.2m Suffolk church

Clare Priory's new �1.2 extension was concecrated by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes. ANL-151013-120810001
Clare Priory's new �1.2 extension was concecrated by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes. ANL-151013-120810001
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A new church which blends centuries of history with 21st century architecture has been consecrated by the Bishop of East Anglia after a 19-year project.

A 200-seat, £1.2million extension to the original smaller 13th century Church of Mother of Good Counsel at Clare Priory was consecrated in a service on October 6, led by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, before a 200-strong congregation of church and civic dignitaries, donors, parishioners and those involved in the work.

Leading the consecration Mass, Bishop Alan, said: “This is a significant celebration in the life of the people of God here in Clare.”