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Serving the Catholic tradition

02 November 2006

by Margaret Duggan


FOR 70 years, Ken Leach has been a server at Wantage Parish Church in Oxford diocese, a record broken only by his time in the RAF when he remembers serving at Christmas midnight mass in Kuala Lumpur.


He has been faithful to the Anglo-Catholic tradition all his life, serving on Sundays and mid-week since he was 12 years old.


 He has been totally dedicated to everything he has done, says the Vicar of Wantage, the Revd John Salter. Mr Leach was a member and secretary of the PCC; and his other great interest has been the British Legion, and brilliantly marshalling the parade on Remembrance Day.


His 80th birthday was celebrated by a visit from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet to sing the mass, Mr Salter tells me. Now, at 82, Mr Leach has decided to retire as server, “and it was difficult to think what to give him.”


But Mr Salter had a friend in Rome who procured a certificate of papal blessing (pictured), and Mr Leach received it with tears in his eyes, and has had it framed to hang in his sitting-room.



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