week's annual Catholic Women of the Year Lunch at Quaglino's, London. It was led by br Mary Hem (Sister Thomas More, Canoness Regular or St Augustine), Fellow and Director of Music of Ne n h a in College. Cambridge. who runs courses and summer schools to teach and promote the singing of traditional church music.
The three other Catholic Women of the Year are: Dr Patricia Neville, of Altrincham, who instigated the "Fourth Object" of the Union of Catholic
Mothers Constitution, that
they "give sympathy and practical help to family in difficulty as a way of relieving the pressure on women to undergo abort ions—, Mrs Marjorie Wilkins., who house keeps' for three priests and has served three times as president of the West Drayton LICM, and NIrs Elizabeth I land. president of the Ebbw Vale branch of the UCM.
Proceeds from the luncheon go to the Jinja Groups, who send non-academic people to use their practical skills In the Third World.
Mr Merlyn Rees. the Home Secretary, will be among the speakers at an international conference on "The State of the Prisons" organised by the Howard League for Penal Reform and to be held at Canterbury from June 27 to 30. Further details from John Freeman, Faculty of Laws, University of London, King's College, Strand, London WC2.
A report by chief constables on drink offences reveals that last year for the first time since the Road Safety Act of 1967. which introduced the breath test for drunken driving, were fewer than in the previous year. The report is available Irma the Christian Economic and Research Foundation, 12 Caxton Street. London. SW1. price 15p.
The London branch of 'The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland is to hold its first meeting for several years at noon on Saturday. May 21, at 23 Drayton Park, London, N5. Mr G. Edward Junes will play examples from his extensive library of tapes of hymnological interest.
Fr Gregory Winterton of the Birmingham Oratory spoke about the life and work of Cardinal Newman to a meeting of the Friends of Cardinal Newman at Sc Michael's College, Leeds, last week. The meeting was arranged by Fr Bernard Bickers and chaired by Bishop Wheeler of Leeds. German organisation Sand Katholischer Unternehmer are to hold a joint conference on June 17 and 18 on the effects of industrial life on the nature of contemporary society. Speakers will include Fr Theodor Mulder, Si, Professor of Economic Theory at the Gregorian University, Rome, and Mr J. R. Kirwan, ex principal of Plater College, Oxford. Further details from the Hon Secretary, CASE, 114 Mount Street, London WI.
The "Alternative Debate," held in London this month. organised by the National Association of Youth Clubs, decided that the great debate on education recently conducted by Mrs Shirley Williams needed to be continued at a local level and involve more of the community.
Young people at the "Alternative Debate" asked for more opportunities to be involved in the organisation of schools, and urged the establishment of school councils.
The 13th century Greyfriars Friary, Canterbury, was officially opened as an exhibition centre for the use of both Catholic and Anglican Franciscans last week. The friary is the first Franciscan foundation in England, and was founded during the lifetime of St Francis, who sent friars to England in 1224.
Mrs Claire Josephine Nialklin, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, was presented yesterday with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in Arundel Cathedral in recognition of her work for the Catholic Women's League in the Arundel and Brighton diocese. and earlier in Southwark. 1•or the last 20 years she has been a member of the parish of Our Lady or Perpetual Sorrow at Thames Ditton.
The golden jubilee of Sister \lark Therese Morgan, of the Holy Family Community, Leeds, will be marked by a concelebrated Mass on June 1 at The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is holding a mass lobby of Members of Parliament on Tuesday. to urge the Government to allow adequate Parliamentary time for debate of Mr William Benyon's Abortion (Amendment}
Delegates will congregate in Westminster Central Hall at II am, from.whcre they will proceed to the !louse of Commons. Speakers will address the meeting in Central Hall from 2.30 p.m.
Mgr Kevin Nichols, National Adviser for Religious Education, has moved his office to Marie Assumpta College, 23 Kensington Square, London, W8. (Telephone 01 937 5277). A study day on the 1978 'United Nations Special Disarmament Session, organised by Pax Christi as part of the Merseyside Caspaien for
World Disarmament is to be held at
the Catholic Chaplaincy, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool on May 21 from 11 am to 4.30 pm. Everyone is welcome but please bring a packed lunch.
The Baptist Union Assembly yesterday passed a resolution welcoming the public debate on education initiated by Mrs Shirley Williams, the Secretary of State for Education. They urged that economic stringency should not diminish the attention given to the religious dimension of education. They felt that religious education should not be left to Church bodies alone.
Addressing the recent interdenoininational Walsingham Charismatic Conference, attended by'clergy and laity, Dr Paul Felton, of the ecumenical Post Green community, spoke of the spiritual hunger experienced by many parishes which did not open out to each other as the New Testament required.
Discriminatory pensions, large classes and sexist teaching material all prompted calls for action at the Conference of Convent Primary Schools in Dublin this week. A system under which many nuns are denied the teacher's pension received by their lay colleagues was strongly criticised.
Bishop Christopher Butler, Bishop in Hertfordshire and former Abbot of Downside, was 75 last week. Since the rule which asks bishops to offer their resignation at 75 only applies to diocesan bishops and not to auxiliaries, Bishop Butler will continue as an auxiliary to Cardinal Hume and as an episcopal member of the commissions on theology, ecumenical and religious life.
The newly-formed Ugandan Freedom Committee set up by Mr Peter Hain will hold a public meeting in the Small Hall, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London on May 26 at 7.30 pm. Speakers will include Joan Lestor, MP; a representative of the Uganda Human Rights Group; Mr Peter Hain, and a representative of the Tanzanian High Commission.
A deputation from the Methodist Church Division of Social Responsibility met Mr Bryninor John, Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for race relations, last week. to discuss a memorandum prepared by the group on urban deprivation in multi-racial areas. It urges the Government to make mandatory requirements of local authorities to use their general resources to remove the gross inequalities in housing, education and other facilities.