Father Joe Bibby is to leave St Wilfrid’s parish in Widnes and make a return to serving with LAMP – the Liverpool Archdiocesan Missionary Project – in Peru. It will be the third time Father Joe has been a LAMP priest, the previous ones being 1994 to 2000, and 2000 to 2011 in Bolivia. This time he will be in Peru, in a parish in the Diocese of Sicuani in the mountains, about six hours’ drive from Cusco.
Archbishop Malcolm celebrated a Missioning Mass for Father Joe at St Michael’s church, Ditton, Widnes on Tuesday 3 November, the Feast of St Martin de Porres, Patron of LAMP. During Mass, Father Joe was presented with his Mission Cross by the Archbishop.
After the Mass, Father Joe said, 'I am very excited about being able to return to the missions and am very grateful for the support I have received from Archbishop Malcolm, my family, friends, and parishioners in St Wilfrid’s Parish, Widnes.'