The 70th anniversary of the Carmelites’ return to Aylesford Priory in Kent has been celebrated with a special Mass presided by Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark and attended by around 300 people. The Carmelite Friars first came to Aylesford in 1242, but left at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. However, they were able to return in 1949. 

The Mass on 31 October was described as “a very happy occasion”. The prior Fr Francis Kemsley said, “it was good to welcome so many Carmelites from around Britain and Ireland, local clergy and our many friends and volunteers”.

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