Canon Alan Burbidge
Golden Jubilee 17th July 1971-17th July 2021
FR. ALAN – 50 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD
Fr Alan was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Nottingham by Bishop Edward Ellis on Saturday, 17th July 1971. Following six years of training and study in St Mary’s College, Oscott, near Sutton Coldfield.
On Saturday, 17th July 2021, Fr Alan celebrated Mass in his original parish of Our Lady of Victories, Market Harborough, in thanksgiving for 50 years of priestly ministry. This was be followed by lunch with family and friends in the town, with numbers limited to 30 as COVID restrictions apply. He then has chosen to be with his parishioners at St George’s and Holy Spirit for the Saturday and Sunday Masses.
During his time as a priest Fr Alan has served in Chesterfield, Crich and Wirksworth, St Mary’s Derby, Broadbottom and Charlesworth, near Glossop, overseas in Livingstone, Zambia and then, since 1992, in St George’s and Holy Spirit, Derby. He has no plans to retire as long as his health holds, His hope is that he will continue to serve this parish with the Bishop’s blessing.
We give thanks to all the great Christians, priests and people whom have encountered and journeyed with Fr Alan over the years and we especially in St George’s and Holy Spirit thank him and praise God for the last 29 years he has served us faithfully as our Parish Priest .