The President of the English College at Lisbon, Mgr. John Cullen, DD., celebrated pontifical High Mass in the college chapel on the occasion of the silver jubilee of his priesthood. This was the first time that he had pontificated as Protonotary Apostolic, a dignity recently conferred upon him by the Pope in recognition of his services to the Church.
Appointed president. at thirty-two years of age, of an historic college which, at that time, had no professors, no money, hardly any students, and was falling to ruin, Dr. Cullen set to work with such energy and I success that when, in 1922. the English College was brought to its triumphant tercentenary, a papal brief thanked the President in the name of the Church, and the dignity of Monsignor was conferred upon him.
The silver jubilee celebrations included the induction of Mgr. Cullen into the College of Protonotaries by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. Among those who witnessed the ceremony was the newly consecrated Archbishop of Bombay, Mgr. Roberts, S.J. Other items in connection with the rejoicings have included a presentation on behalf of the professors and students; a gift of more than £400, from the Lisbonian Society, which by Dr. Cullen's wish is being used to decorate the college with mosaic work; and a personal present, from the same source, of a .Foundation Mass to be offered in perpetuity in the college chapel.
Tlit Cardinal Patriarch was present, with many other guests, at a luncheon given in the President's honour. His Eminence congratulated Mgr. Cullen on his apostolic labours, saying in this that he spoke not only in his own name as a Cardinal of the Church but also in the name of all the bishops and clergy subject to his jurisdiction.
Dr. Cullen has been granted the right to pontificate whenever he desires to do so.