THE needs of diocesan clergy occupy several of the bishops this coming week. On Monday, Bishop John Crowley, auxiliary in Westminster, begins a five day retreat with clergy of the Middlesbrough diocese; on the same day, Bishop Leo McCartie of Northampton attends a postordination course at the Grail, Pinner.
On Saturday, Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia is present at the ordination of 22 men to the diaconate in the Cathedral of St John, Norwich.
On Sunday, Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth participates in a Pentecost ecumenical service at St John's cathedral, Portsmouth. On the same day, Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia travels with the pilgrimage to the national shrine for Wales at Our Lady of the Taper, Cardigan.
Bishop Joseph Cray of Shrewsbury presides on Tuesday at a mass with the chapter to celebrate the centenary of the consecration of Shrewsbury cathedral. On Friday, Bishop John Jukes, auxiliary in Southwark, attends the solemn dedication of Brentwood cathedral.
On Wednesday, Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster is present at a reception and performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" at Westminster Cathedral in the presence of the Princess of Wales. Bishop Philip Pargeter, auxiliary in Birmingham, goes to a meeting of young clergy at Maryvale on the same day.
On Friday, Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton administers the sacrament of confirmation at All Hallows school, Shepton Mallet. The same day also sees Bishop Augustine Harris of Middlesbrough depart to lead the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Bishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton also leaves the country during the week. On Saturday,1 he joins an ecumenical pilgrimage to Taize. Bishop Patrick Kelly of Salford joins the national pilgrimage of the deaf to Walsingham on the same day, while Bishop John Brewer at Lancaster attends a meeting of moral theologians at Oscott.
A WEEKEND conference on "Mysticism," organised by the Mister Hardy Research Centre, will be held at Westminster College, Oxford, from August 23 to 25. Those addressing the gathering will include Dr Gordon Wakefield, the research centre's director, and Professor Keith Ward, the newlydesignated Regius Professor of Divinity at Christ Church, Oxford. Further details from John Franklin on 0865 243006 /247644.
ON June 22, Warrington Musical Society visits St Joseph's, Sale, to perform liturgically Beethoven's Mass in
C. The event will be held in aid of Sight Savers, an organisation that works with the blind in more than 40 of the world's poorest countries. For a more information, please contact Una Barry on 061 969 0545.
THE Jubilee Centre in Cambridge is holding an ethics study weekend between June 24 and 28. The event will examine the implications of biblical teaching upon business structures, welfare, and urban policy. For further details, please contact Robert Williams on 0223 311596.
ON June 8, the organ advisory group of the Society of St Gregory are hosting a day conference on "The Organ in Worship," which will be held at Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre in London. For more information, contact John Rowntree 0635 44630.
Fr James Hughes, formerly parish priest of St Robert's Fenham, Newcastle, died last week at the age of 79.
Ordained a priest at Ushaw in 1937, Fr Hughes served as assistant priest at Blaydon until 1954, when he moved to Wrekenton. In October 1955, he went to Sunderland to found the parish of Sacred Heart, Castletown.
After 10 years, he moved in 1965 to St Robert's, and remained there until retirement in 1987. Despite his developing illness, he continued to help at Bedlington and finally at Shotley Bridge, Co Durham.
Taking part in the funeral mass as St Mary's, Consett, was his younger brother, Fr Joseph Hughes.
Fr Callistus McDonald OEM Cap, an ardent football fan in his youth, has died aged 70.
From a poor family in Bradford, William McDonald was educated by the Franciscans through the generosity of a wealthy local jeweller who paid his fees. Although he later recounted that his superiors considered him too interested in soccer and therefore not spiritual enough, he was ordained in 1946.
After postings in Erith, Oxford and Childer Thornton, he returned for a second spell of six years in charge at Penmaenniavir in 1984. He spent the last year of his life at Erith.
Gordon Seolney, a tireless worker for Catholic education, died last week at the age of 68. Born at Stamford in Lincolnshire he trained as a teacher at the College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, and worked in various schools before being appointed head at West Lodge Middle School in Pinner in 1954.
He stayed for 25 years and was rewarded with a papal knighthood in 1986.