Birmingham expressed the gratitude of Catholics for the hidden life of prayer of the Poor Clares when he presided and preached at High Mass for the centenary of the Poor Clares at Baddesley Clinton on Tuesday.
We owe a great debt to the holy women who have given up their lives for a life of penance and prayer in order to be a power house of prayer and penance to help to save souls," said Mgr. Masterson.
"Catholics should never forget the wonderful hidden work these nuns have done and are still doing in one of the most austere orders in the Church."
The Mass was celebrated by the convent chaplain, Fr. J. J. Dale, assisted by Fr. Hugh, 0.F.M.Cap., Guardian of the Olton Monastery, and Fr. Marcellas, 0.F.M.Cap. Present also were the Provincials of the Capuchins and Friars Minor, Fr. Victor, 0.F.M.Cap., and Fr. Paulinus Lavery, 0.F.M., the administrator of St Chad's Cathedral, Fr. B. G. Hodgson. and the rector of Erdington Abbey, Fr. Wilfred Murray. C.SS.R.