THE first National Catholic Education Conference is high on many of the bishops' agendas this week. Cardinal Hume of Westminster, Bishops David Konstant of Leeds and James Hannigan of Wrexham will speak at the Bradford University gathering from Sunday to Tuesday. Bishops Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth. John Brewer of Lancaster, Joseph Gray of Shrewsbury. John Rawsthorne and Vincent Malone, auxiliaries in Liverpool, and Daniel Mullins of Menevia will also attend.
Schools matters command the attention of other member of the hierarchy during the week. Archbishop Michael Bowen and Bishops Howard Tripp and Charles Henderson, of Southwark, meet at their diocesan Christian Education Centre on Monday. Bishop Augustine Harris of Middlesbrough meets Hull's Catholic teachers on Thursday.
On the Christian unity front, Bishop Vincent Nichols of north London, attends an ecumenical conference at Swanwick all week, while fellow Westminster auxiliary Bishop James O'Brien meets with the Herts and Beds Ecumenical Committee on Monday. Bishop Philip Pargeter, auxiliary in Birmingham, preaches at an ecumenical service in Perry Bar, Birmingham.
Elsewhere, Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton attends diaconate ordinations in Rome and Bishop Leo McCartie of Northampton attends the AGM of the Catholic Women's League at St Bede's School, Bedford, on Sunday. Bishop Patrick Kelly of Salford blesses the Alexian Brothers Chapel and Care Centre, Manchester, on Friday, at the same time that Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton attends the Rise Like the Sun festival in Bristol.