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From Our University Correspondent THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC FEDERATION REVEALS GREAT PROGRESS DURING THE YEAR 1938-9. SEVERAL NEW FOUNDATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE NUMBER OF CONSTITUENT SOCIETIES, THE RECONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY HAS BEEN AGREED, AND CLOSER RELATIONS HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED, THROUGH PAX ROMANA, WITH THE UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC MOVEMENT ABROAD.
The Report includes an account of the four inter-university Catholic meetings at Oxford, Newcastle, London, and Liverpool, the Catholic lecture tours of the university societies, the work of the various bureaux, and the new Constitution.
One gathers the impression on reading this Report that the leaders are alive to the possibilities for Catholic Action enjoyed by such a. body as the University Catholic Federation. The year under review
seems to have seen much spade work and structural alterations and enlargements, so that the Federation emerges better equipped to take advantage of the wider opportunities before it.
New Governing Body
The new Constitution of the Federation adopted at the Liverpool annual general meeting opens up membership to unattached Catholic graduates everywhere (direct membership) and to Catholic colleges and schools (corporate membership) on payment of an annual subscription of one guinea. The new governing body for the year 1939-40 is constituted as follows : Fr. C. C. Martindale. S.J., remains ecclesiastical assistant and becomes honorary president; the list of 17 honorary vicepresidents includes 14 Catholic university professors; while the officers of the Federation include Mr Richard O'Sullivan, K.C., as president, Dr. F. Aylward as senior vice-president, Miss Gaffney and T. R. Conway (Edinburgh) as vice-presidents, and a council of 18 representatives of graduates and students from the different geographical areas.
It is announced that though funds do not yet permit the appointment of a paid full-time secretary, the council is to secure part-time paid secretarial assistance so as to maintain the successful work of the various bureaux, which have now grown too big to be continued as voluntary private enterprise.
It is also announced that a monthly journal for Catholic university youth is to be started by the Federation from October.
This journal will be distributed free to Catholic graduates and undergraduates through the secretaries of their local societies, and it will be sent free and post free to direct and corporate members of the Federation, who will also similarly receive the monthly journal of Pax Romana, giving accounts of the University Catholic movement abroad and printed in several languages.
Three university groups already publish their own local magazines each term, viz., Cambridge, integration; London, The Terminal; and Glasgow, The Catholic Student.
New Student Societies
Among the new student societies formed during the year are those at Nottingham, Dundee, Aberdeen and Cambridge (Margaret Beaufort Society).
Efforts are being made to contact smaller groups of Catholic students at St. Andrews, Bangor, Exeter and Leicester.
The first graduate circle in a nonuniversity town was founded at Chester with the approval of the Bishop of Shrewsbury. It is hoped that from unattached graduates who become direct members of the Federation it will be possible to found many similar circles in different parts of the country; and as an inducement to form such groups, this will be followed by a reduction of the subscription for those concerned.
In these days of international effort the Federation is drawing closer to similar movements abroad. As guests of the Liverpool meeting came Mr E. J. Kirchner, of the U.S.A., M. Roger Minot, of the French Federation, the Rev. Dr. Abatis. of Holland, and Fr. Ryder, S.J., from Estonia.
The Swansea society attached to its membership Mdlle. Piot, of France, and the Bristol society Mdlle. Dobrzycka, of Poland. The Federation's bureau further introduced 43 foreign Catholic students to this country in the course of the year, and arranged visits abroad for 35 British students.
The Federation also played a prominent part in the activities of Pax Romans.
Mr Lott gave a lecture on Communism at the last P.R. Congress in Yugoslavia_ Dr. Aylward was chosen vice-president of Pax Romana and attended both the Bureau Executif in France and the Inter-Federal Assembly in Switzerland. Mr Brooke is assisting Pax Romana to contact university Catholic groups in different parts of the British Commonwealth.
Already 39 British students have announced their intention of attending the forthcoming P.R. Congress in America.
Catholic Action of Members
The Report alludes with pardonable pride to the way in which members have given notable support to Catholic Action generally in the course of the year. Among the allusions thus made is one to Mr Twoomey, M.A., as Director of Catholic Action in the Middlesbrough diocese, and another to Dr. Kieran and Mr L. Bailey as successive Directors of the Catholic Action College at Liverpool. All three were prominent in the University Federation, which may claim to have attended to their " formation."
Several Federationists were elected to
prominent positions by other Catholic organisations during the year, including Mr Richard O'Sullivan, who became chairman of the Catholic Social Guild; Dr. Bligh, the Master of the Guild of St. Luke; Mr Taggart, who was re-elected Grand President of the Catenian Association; and Professor Renouf, who was re-elected president of the Guild of Mendel and Pasteur.
Copies of the Annual Report may be had on application to Miss W. Kennedy, Ballard House, Hook, Chester, or from any Federation official.