DOM Aldan Bellenger, right, has been appointed headmaster of Downside, the Benedictine public school in Somerset, in succession to Dom Philip Jebb. Dom Aidan, who is 40, was a research historian at Cambridge before becoming a teacher at Downside in 1978, and is author of four books and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
A SPONSORED silence, a readathon, and bring and buy sales helped raise the £2,300 collected recently by pupils of St Thomas More School in Chelsea, London. Part of the funds raised will pay for a community party for elderly people later this month.
ST DWYNWEN, patron saint of Welsh lovers, is to be celebrated in her native country during a year-long festival of Celtic links. Dwynwen, who is said to have curbed her lover's over-arduous sexual advances by turning him into a block of ice, will be remembered at a festival in Cwmfelinfach.
MORE than 50 people, including members of Pax Christi and Pensioners for Peace, this week lobbied the London embassies of signatory nations to the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty on nuclear weapons, hoping to gain their support for a total ban on nuclear testing. The group, which was led by Bruce Kent, pointed out that support for such a move, currently being discussed in New York, had already come from the Vatican ambassador to the United Nations, Archbishop Renato Martino.
TWO Catholic chaplains serving with the British army have received honours. Fr Kevin Vasey, of Hexham and Newcastle diocese and currently based in Germany, was appointed OBE, while Fr Terence Makings, who is stationed at Camberley and is a priest of Nottingham diocese, was awarded an MBE.
THE choirs of Westminster Cathedral and , St Paul's Cathedral in London will mark the coming Christian Unity Week (January 18-25) with an exchange of prayer and music. The Westminster Cathedral choir will sing Latin vespers at St Paul's on January 18 and on January 23 the choir of St Paul's will give sung evensong in the Catholic cathedral.
THE Catholic Study Circle for Animal Welfare has called on Catholics to ensure that their local Members of Parliament attend the second reading of the
Pig Husbandry Bill on January 25. The bill offers "a chance for Catholics as stewards of creation to take action to protect not only humans but also God's animals," said the group's vice-chair Ann Dalton.