litirriffli Edited by Kerry Stephenson CHURCHFS should be replaced by "Christian centres", the Rev. Gilbert Cope, an Anglican expert on church design told the Royal Institute of British Architects in Dublin this week.
Instead of the traditional structures, often designed and used "as if they were preChristian temples," churches should be all-round centres to house informal meetings as well as formal worship. They should be used in common by more than one denomination.
Dr. Cope is deputy director of Birmingham University's Institute for the Study of Worship and Religious Architecture. His speech was read for him in his absence.
A church, he said, should be a serviceable centre, not a monumental shrine. But there were problems in deciding how far this principle should apply.
"For example, is it appropriate to enjoy the parish breakfast in the same room as the ceremonial meal of the Eucharist? May incense be smoked but not tobacco?" Christ's being for us, and the relationships of the Church, culture and liturgy.
From February to June the talks will be concerned with the practical implementations of the Christian's life. Speakers will include Fr. Charles Boxer, O.P., Adrian Cunningham, Terry Eagleton, Leo Pyle, Theo Westow, Fr. A. McCormack, Maurice Foley, M.P., Fr. J. Blenkinsopp, S.D.B., and Fr. Alex Newman, O.P.
The Circle is also planning to revive the theology group which has been dormant since Fr. Herbert McCabe left Manchester a year ago, and to launch a theology course under the auspices of the extra mural department of Manchester University.
Princethorpe College. a boys' grammar school near Rugby, was opened last week by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Enrolment is 200 and will eventually grow to 400. It was a Benedictine Sisters' boarding school for girls, the Priory of Our Lady of the Angels, until a year ago when they had to leave because of dwindling vocations.
METHODIST" HONOURED Mgr. Thomas Murphy, of St. Anne's Cathedral, Leeds, Canon Fenton Morley, Anglican Vicar of Leeds, and Mr. J. W. Rutt, Moderator of Leeds Free Church
Council, were present at the dedication service at Oxford Place Chapel of the Rev. W. Walker Lee as chairman of the Leeds District of the Methodist Church.
St. Aidan's Jesuit College in Grahamstown, South Africa, will not be closed, as originally thought, because of the shortage of priests, but turned over to the Port Elizabeth diocese. The Jesuit priests will withdraw gradually.
Anthony Clark, who has just finished his studies at the Royal College of Art, and who paints religious subjects almost exclusively, has been commissioned by the Redemptorists to paint a picture of them. Mr. Clark, 24, whose home is in Sunderland, exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
OLDEST CATHOLIC T
Miss Mary Ann Smallman, reputed to be the oldest Catholic in Lancashire, celebrated her 104th birthday on Sunday last at Waterloo, near Liverpool. A convert 53 years ago, Miss Smallman was born in Herefordshire but has spent most of her life in the North. She was visited by Bishop Harris (auxiliary of Liverpool) and received messages from Cardinal Heenan and Archbishop Beck.
Mr. John O'Brien, 50, who ran the Catholic paper stand at St. Paul's Church, Wood Green, London, for many years has received the Bene Merenti medal from Fr. Brian Campbell, the parish priest, Mr. O'Brien, who was chairman of the building fund committee and the parish committee. has a son in the priesthood, Fr. James O'Brien of the Catholic Missionary Society.
A meeting for teaching staff and others is being held on Sunday at Hinsley House, Covent Garden, by the Catholic Institute for International Relations. Fr. P. Ekka, S.J., will open it at 11 a.m. with a talk on "Confrontation with Non-Christian Religions". Talks on Animism, Islam and Judaism will be given by Fr. P. Van Spaandonk, W.F., Mr. Riadh EI-Droubie and the Rev. Raymond Apple.
Among the 98 British delegates attending the 13th International Conference of Social Work in Washington this week are Rev. M. Forrer, the Industrial Chaplain •of Coventry Cathedral and four Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The theme of the Conference is "Urban Development-Its Implications for Social Welfare".
Archbishop Beck of Liverpool, who has been in Lourdes Hospital suffering from heart trouble, was discharged last week. He has gone away for a period of convalescence. It was revealed this week that Bishop Warlock, of Portsmouth has had a minor operation and will not be resuming duties until next month.
MISSIONS SUPERIOR Fr. Joseph Flynn, M.SS., has been chosen as Superior of the House of Missions, Enniscorthy, at an election presided over by Bishop Herlihy of Ferns. Fr. Flynn's chief missionary work has been in Britain. For some time he has been Director-General of the Irish Missions in England, and he is chairman of the Committee of Missions for Emigrants.
AHEAD OF TIME
The new £180,000 St. Gregory's School at Tunbridge Wells opened its doors to pupils last week, a term earlier than expected. The school was completed three months ahead of schedule by R. Durtnell and Sons Ltd.
Fr. Charles Alphonsus Macpherson, C.SS.R., of Erdington Abbey, Birmingham, died last week while on holiday In London. During his many years as a Redemptorist he gave missions all over Britain and worked at St. Mary's, Clapham, St. Joseph's, Bishop's Stortford and in South Africa.
ECUMENICAL WEEK Speakers at an Ecumenical Week at the Grail Centre, Sloane Street, from Sept. 26 to 30, will be the Rev. Paul Oestreicher, an Anglican; Miss Pauline Webb, Methodist director of lay training; Metropolitan Antony Bloom, Exarch of the Moscow Patriarchate; the Rev. Gordon Harris, a Presbyterian, and Dom Gregory Murray of Downside Abbey.