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side spotlights both an original interpretation of the Crucified Christ and an un usual sculpture team.
The sculptor and sculptress, seen erecting their work, are a young married couple, Bernard and Ann Davis, both only 30 years old, and both converts.
Their sculpture, in gilded fibreglass, is mounted a few inches away from the cross and slightly above the arms of the cross, to suggest the Resurrection. Thus, instead of the traditional dead, agonised, hanging Christ, we see the strong, risen Christ—the Christ who has risen above the suffering.
The finished work has been erected beside the Catholic church at Poplar, East London, on a steelshafted bearing enabling it to rotate —facing the street or turned towards the church grounds for processions.
Now, Ann and Bernard are working on a 12 ft. Christus Rex figure fbr a church at Kenton, Middlesex, and a set of the Stations of the Cross. in aluminium, for a new church at Strood, Kent.
They have studios in an old Georgian house at Albourne, Hassocks, Sussex, on the LondonBrightonroad. And I am glad to say the supply of work is becoming exceedingly plentiful.
The Totter' looks on HIGH society journalist Muriel Bowen, assistant editor of that proud glossy magazine The Miler, is keeping an eye on this column every week—and enjoying it.
She told me so herself during a brief pause from campaigning as Conservative candidate for the new Wandsworth Borough in this week's elections for the new Greater London Council.
Miss Bowen made a name some time ago as one of the two Catholic Tory women on the London County Council, being also the youngest of 21 members of the Town Planning Committee.
She was educated by the Sacred Heart nuns at Mount Anville, Dublin. and later at Dublin University and Washington.
Flying visitor PERE DUVAL. the French Jesuit who has been called "The Guitarist of God", amazed all his friends here last week, He flew over to record a TV programme, and it was only after he had gone back to France that anyone knew he had been.
At Southwell House. the London Jesuit Retreat Centre where he stayed on previous visits, I was told: "Pere Duval wrote to its last week, but never mentioned he was coming
to London. We haven't heard a bleep from him this time, Perhaps he called at the French Church in Leicester Square."
Said a priest at the French Church: "We never saw him. Perhaps he went to Farm Street Church instead."
Said a spokesman at Farm Street: "He didn't call here. Surprising. really."
Actually. Pere Duval was being looked after by Fr. Vincent Whelan. assistant priest at St. Peter's, Salford, who is lecturing in London at the Digby Stuart Training College.
We shall be seeing him on ABCTV one Sunday night in a programme he recorded for the end part of a new TV series on St. Paul's life and times.
I WA'S talking the other day to a priest who is quite an expert in Judo—founder-president, in fact, of a Judo club at Ruislip, in Surrey.
He is Fr. Louis Marteau, new assistant priest at the East London church which Mgr. Derek Warlock. Archbishop Heenan's secretary. is shortly moving to as parish priest.
Fr. Marteau learnt Judo from a couple of policemen, one of whom was the Catholic Police Guild's secretary.
"I've been off the mat for two years because of an injury", he told me. "But I still hold a Blue Belt"— which is a junior instructor's grading, coming after a White Belt. a Yellow Belt. a Green Belt and an Orange Belt.
Judo aside, Fr. Marteau was Chairman of the Hackney Borough Youth Committee and ran the Sea Scouts at Homerton.
Many will remember him as Organising Secretary of Westminster Cathedral's Million Crown Fund. He has also been a speaker with the Catholic Evidence Guild for 20 years. battling with hecklers of all kinds—verbally, that is.
Spring mitres CRITICAL ladies sporting elaborate spring hats had reason to hide under them when the Bishop of Linz gave a talk on "The interim balance sheet of the Vatican Council".
Referring to gossip about " expenses ", the Bishop declared that the much talked about mitres worn by the Council Fathers were merely cardboard pieces covered in white satin at a cost of only some 25 shillings—"very much less than many a lady's spring hat".
Furthermore, the Bishop smiled, evening dresses ordered by many ladies for just one season's wear are in most cases considerably more expensive than a bishop's purple cassock—"which often has to do pretty strenuous duty for 15 years 01 more".
All-star family THE news of Mia Farrow getting the star film part which Sweden's Britt Eklund threw up for husband Peter Sellers has reminded me about the marvellous family Mia comes from.
I met her parents, actress Maureen O'Sullivan and the late John Farrow, in London four years ago.
Mia (Maria) was about 14 and attending a convent school over here. The five other Farrow children, normally in California. had attended Catholic colleges in England. too.
All, from the youngest up. spoke Spanish fluently -thanks to the family's two Spanish maids. They also knew French.
John Farrow was engaged in three writing projects: a script for a film on the life of Christ: a biography of Pope John; and a book on a Mexican Jesuit martyr. One of his books, Damien the Leper, had just topped a sale of two million.
As three of his children, including Mia, had just appeared in a elm directed by him, I asked if this was the beginning of a film career for them.
The reply, I remember. was: "I don't imagine so. Mia is full of talk — at present — about becoming a nun".
In her film role Mia will. in fact, become a United Nations secretary.
`Mac' retires AFTER 24 years as advertisement manager on the CATHOLIC HERALD. Miss C, M. B. McCann is this weekend retiring to a more peaceful life. She will be missed not only by her friends here.
"Mac" was known to just about all the big Fleet Street advertising agencies, handling their requests and orders with a cheerfulness that is not always easy to preserve in the rush and hustle of a newspaper office. She knew how to handle the editorial staff, too, which is a rare achievement.
When most of the staff here was evacuated to High Wycombe during the wartime blitz, she stayed at her post and helped to hold the rocking Fleet Street fort, which again was a great help to advertising agencies who had to work fast between the raids.
Called upon to make a speech at the presentation marking her retirement this week, she had the perfect answer: "I've never retired before so I don't know how to make a retiring speech". she said. It was a typical "Mac" remark, short but sweet.