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Beauty and holiness combine to remember much-loved priest

Posted on Wednesday 6 March 2019
New Stations of the Cross were dedicated and blessed by the Bishop of Ely on Friday 1st March in memory of The Rev’d Dr John Hughes.

Joy and sadness combined on the night of Friday 1st March, St David’s Day, when Bishop Stephen Conway dedicated a new set of Stations of the Cross at Little St Mary’s Church in Cambridge.  Several years of planning and fundraising culminated in the installation of beautiful Stations of the Cross designed and carved by the Cambridge-based Cardozo Kindersley Workshop.  These were commissioned in memory of Fr John Hughes who was killed in 2014, aged only 34, in a road accident. Fr John had been both a student worshipper, and then later an assistant priest at Little St Mary’s when he returned to Cambridge to be Dean of Jesus College.  The Stations, hand-carved from Hopton Wood stone and including Dutch ceramic tiles already installed in the church, are a major piece of sacred art. A full church prayed with and witnessed the Bishop dedicating these Stations, which comprise fourteen carvings telling the story of Jesus Christ’s final earthly journey - from condemnation by Pontius Pilate, through meeting Simon of Cyrene and the women of Jerusalem, to his death and burial.  The Vicar, The Rev’d Dr Robert Mackley, said ‘I’m thrilled that these are beautiful works of art, which will help us walk with our Lord each Lent and remember our friend Fr John, for many years to come.’


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