Forty-live priests from Ealing school
CARDINAL GRIFFIN, speaking %-'at the golden jubilee celebrations of Ealing Priory School last week, said: "If vocations continue at their present rate it may soon he possible to realise the ambition of transforming the . priory into a Benedictine abbey-an abbey right in the heart of West London."
Twenty Old Priorians-all but one living have become Benedictine priests and two others lay brothers. Five have become Jesuits. including Fr. John Sinnott, at one time headmaster of Wimbledon College, five others are priests of other religious orders and congregations, and 15 have become secular priests. The headmaster himself, Dom Bernard Orchard, is an old boy of the school.
St. Benedict's School, which began with three boys, now has 600.
St. Benediet's Priory, established by Abbot Ford of Downside in 1897, became an independent monastery in November. 1947, and the novitiate was opened in the following year with four novices, two of them Old Priorians.
T h e community numbers 15 priests.
OVER the Great Bridge of Cambridge, from "East Anglia into Marcia," some 32 members of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom went on Saturday on yet another journey into Old England.
Led by the Master of the Guild, Fr. Laurance Goulder, the coach pilgrims had travelled out from London along part of the Pilgrims' Way to Walsingham, visiting on the way Hare Street House-the "Chequers" left to the Archbishops of Westminster by Mgr. Robert Hugh Benson.
Colleges old and new were visited, linked with the great men and women of old and medieval England, such as St. John Fisher-co-founder with Lady Margaret Beaufort of Christ's -and St. John's, or back to Hugh de Balsham, founder Qf the first college, Peterhouse.
Interest by guild members and other London Catholics in the lives of the great men of early and medieval England is shown by the increasing numbers attending the lectures at the London Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. Warwick Street. On the remaining Thursdays of October, at 6 p.m.. Fr. Goulder will speak on Alculn. St. Dunstan and St. Edward the Confessor.
The date of the B.B.C. programme about Bishop Milner has been changed to Friday, October 17th. 10 p.m., Midland Home Service.