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Thursday, March 23, 2017
First hotel for priests opening soon
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¬†England's first hotel for priests opens next month. Vianney House, in Heaton, Bradford will have its own bar, restaurant, chapel and 14 en-suite bedrooms. Fr John Abberton, parish priest at St Peter's church, Bradford, is behind the project. He said: "It's something I've had in mind for more than 20 years. Many priests don't have family nearby, and can feel quite isolated. Although parishioners can be very supportive, sometimes priests need to get away on their day off." Fr John said the idea first came to him through conversations with others who minister to priests. He said: "I discussed the idea with my bishop and also talked about it with a newly-formed order of nuns who run two hotels for priests in Rome." "Vianney House will provide somewhere hospitable and peaceful. It will be staffed by lay people and volunteers. Priests don't want to surrounded by other priests all the time," Fr John said. The hotel has been funded by the Association of St Philomena and St John Vianney. They spent £250,000 buying the ex-pub and another £130,000 on the conversion. Fr John says priests and ministers from other faiths will be most welcome at Vianney House. He said the hotel will also be used as an outreach centre for other faiths. If you would like to make a contribution to Vianney House, send cheques to The Association of St Philomena and St John Vianney, c/o Fr John Abberton, St Peter's presbytery, 651 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 8EL.
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