BIRMINGHAM'S new Archbishop, formerly Bishop Dwyer of Leeds, says he will not be content until the Archdiocese is "a model for the whole country of the new style of the Church and of Catholic life".
In his first letter to the parishes he says the Vatican Council "has given us a programme for the revival and renewal of the Church. A programme is one thing; putting it into effect is another,
"With the help of God we shall start the work together and trust in God to bring it to success. I look to you all. priests and laity, for loyal and enthusiastic support in the work to be done."
In a tribute to his predecessor, the late Archbishop Grimshaw, the new Arehbshop says that while in Rome he has heard tributes from bishops of all countries and appreciation of his work and character.
More than 50 staff members, graduates and students of the University College of Wales, Cardiff, attended the Academic Mass in Si. David's Cathedral on Sunday. Mass is now celebrated in the Llnveraity Chaplaincy every evening at 5.15, followed by study groups oa Christian Doctrine.
Two Southwark priests, Mgr. Peter Strand, private secretary to Archbishop Cowderoy, and Mgr. Charles Henderson, chancellor of the Southwark archdiocese, have been named domestic prelates to the Pope.
CHURCH TWICE ROBBED
Thieves broke into St. Edward's Church. Kettering, twice last week. They are believed to have used a skeleton key on Monday before rifling the offertory boxes. They then entered the presbytery through a window and stole a television set, a radio and money. On Saturday they stole the contents of one offertory box. Mrs. Annie Walsh, of South Hill, Dartry. Dublin, sailed from Cobh last week for the first stage of a new career at the age of 65. A member of Viatores Christi. she will train as a lay missionary in New York and Buenos Aires with the organisation Catholics for Latin America.
Mrs, Walsh, whose husband died in 1%2, has five children, one of whom is Sister Elizabeth Anne of the MedicallrMissionaries of Mary. Members of the Catholics for Latin America work for three-year tours in the slums of Latin American Cities.
ROOFS DAMAGED Damage estimated at £1,000 was caused to the roof of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Seaeroft, Leeds. during last week's gales. The roofs of St. Paul's School, Alwoodley, and St. Mary's School, Norsforth, were also damaged, EXTENSION OPENED
Abbot Martin of Belmont Abbey, Hereford, opened new £200,000 residential quarters for 128 boys at the Abbey school last week. The new building will accommodate 54 boys between 13 and 18.
Practical steps towards Christian unity is the subject of a oneday conference to be held at lainsley House, 38 King Street, London, W.C., on November 21.
ST. CUTHBERT'S TANKER
The huge tanker North Sands, 63,000 tons, recently completed at a Sunderland shipyard, sailed on her maiden voyage last week with two clear marks of her Co. Durham origin. She carries on her funnel the Cross of St. Christopher, emblem of the Anglican diocese of Durham, and in the saloon a large mural of Durham Cathedral. Catholics in the crew will probably point out that St. Cuthbert s patron saint of the Hexham and Newcastle diocese.
SCOUTS' RETREAT A day retreat for Catholic Scouters and Ciuiders is to he held at Lewisham on December 19. Among those taking part will be Scooters from Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark.
COUNTESS ADVISER The Countess of Antrint has accepted an invitation from Bishop Philbin of Down and Conor to be chairman of the committee he has set up to advise on Church art and architec tune in the diocese. The Countess, of Glenarm Castle, a well-knoan artist, is daughter of the late Sir Mark Sykes, M.P. She married the Earl of Antrim in 1934,