In gratitude for many years of cooperation with our Old Catholic brothers and sisters, the Anglican congregation, under the leadership of the Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Ken Dimmick, has undertaken to complete "the final stage" of the rebuilding of the church by installing an English pipe organ back into the English church. A fine tracker instrument, dating from 1903, has been found and purchased and transported to Germany ready to be renovated and installed in St Catherine's. It will be a gift from the Anglicans to the Old Catholics, and a symbolic "healing of the last wounds of World War II".
On 5 June, Bishop Joachim Vobbe, the Emeritus Old Catholic Bishop of Germany, the Chairman of the District Council and a crowd of Anglicans and Old Catholics gathered in St Catherine's Church to launch the Organ Project. We received cheques from various fund-raising activities in Germany and the USA which have already raised over €17,000 towards the total cost of the project of €75,000.
On Sunday morning, several parishioners were confirmed and two were received into the communion of the Church of England, in a festive service.
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