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The twinning of Brentwood with Dundee was forged around 1985 when Michael Rowland became Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Dundee.

Bishop Michael was born and brought up in Grays, Essex. He became a Franciscan priest and  spent much of his working life in South Africa.

He came to visit Bishop Thomas when he was newly ordained a bishop and they forged the twinning at that time. The twinning was originally envisaged to be one of spiritual support and friendship but over the years it has taken on many different forms, including the twinning of parishes, schools etc.

The Holy Father appointed Fr Graham Rose to succeed Bishop Michael Rowland as Bishop of Dundee. He is a South African, born in Evander, which is in the Diocese of Dundee, and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Johannesburg, where he was involved in setting up the Catholic University. His Episcopal Ordination took place on 30 August 2008 in Newcastle within Dundee Diocese.

Priests and deacons have been exchanged between the two dioceses for some time. Fr Gerald Gostling, a Brentwood priest, is presently working in the Diocese of Dundee.

Two parishes in Brentwood Diocese are supporting students studying for the priesthood in South Africa.

Twinned Parishes in the Diocese

Basildon, Holy Trinity Embalenhle
Benfleet Ezakheni
Billericay Blaaubosch
Braintree Ermelo
Brentwood Maria Ratschitz
Chelmsford (Blessed Sacrament) Newcastle
Chingford (Christ the King) Berbice
Clayhall Pomeroy
Colchester Damesfontein
Danbury Standerton
Epping Thistle Grove/Lebohang
Hainault Maria Ratschitz
Harwich and Dovercourt Piet Retief
Hornchurch (Mother of God) Piet Retief
Hornchurch (English Martyrs) Evander
Hutton Dundee
Ingatestone St George, Madedeni
Kelvedon Besters
Leigh-on-Sea Amakhasi
Newbury Park Pomeroy
Rochford Osizweni
Romford Ladysmith
Saffron Walden Driefontein
Shoeburyness Mayflower Mass Centre, Damesfontein
South Woodham Ferrers Kriel & Bethal
Springfield Mhlumayo and Mhlumayo School
Stanford-le-Hope Breyten/Wesselton (Ermelo sublink)
Stansted Pongola
Westcliff-on-Sea Christ the King, Madedeni
Wickford Volksrust
Witham Dannhauser
Mid Essex Deanery Ladysmth Deanery

 

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