Mgr Francis Foloronsho Alonge, 38, is Nigeria's newest bishop and also the country's youngest. He is the 21st Nigerian bishop consecrated in recent years and three of his classmates are also bishops. Indeed, one df them is Bishop Jatau, Archbishop-designate of Kaduna, Northern Nigeria.
Mgr Mange is a Yorubaman, • a member of Nigeria's largest tribe and he was born in AdoEkili, West Nigeria. He is auxiliary to Bishop William Field, SMA. of Ondo Diocese. Bishop Field comes from Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland, and has been in Nigeria since 1935.
The new bishop is an arts graduate of University College, Dublin, and has a postgraduate Diploma from Maynooth. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he has had pastoral and educational experience in Nigeria.
Award for Taize head
Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taize Community, is to give the £34,000 Templeton award he received in London last week to people working among immigrants and for reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
The annual award, of which the first winner was Mother 'Teresa of Calcutta last year, was begun by an American businessman to be made to individuals responsible for great progress in any world religion.
Brother Roger, who is 59, is a member of the Swiss Protestant Church Federation. After the presentation in Guildhall he spoke of his hope for the future, based on the thousands of young people who visit his ecumenical community in Bu rgundy. He said; "For me, right from my own youth, I have had the conviction that being a man, having a heart filled with humanity means never condemning, but above all understanding everything of other people. "The yoang can be judged by certain older people in a way that brooks no appeal and there are young people whose attitude to the older generation is one of rejection," he said. "This generation gap is quite contrary to the sense of the universal. Both risk losing much by it: the young, because they are depriving themselves of human and spiritual experience." The old lose because "they are relegating themselves to a situation where they passively await their own death. And yet, life is a gift of God, for the old as for the young: he said.
The Taize Community brothers of all Faiths often go to live in countries and areas where there is great social and political conflict, spreading the message of Christian love and reconciliation.
Brother Schutz said: "In the thick of this struggle, in the rich countries as in the poor, the believer's place is not in the rearguard. I hev are called to expose themselves in order to take risks."
He stressed that the Church should he a place of communion, where even the unbeliever felt at ease. Churches should he' "without means of power and. free from links with the powers that he . . poverty helps us to be men of communion."
He said he was very impressed by the faith shown by young people from "the Southern Hemisphere," and believed that
it is the African Christians who will bring the Gospel in its first freshness to people in the Northern hemisphere."
The Convent of Jesus and Mary at Park Avenue, Willesden Green, London, will be the scene of celebrations on Monday to mark the 100th birthday of the oldest member of the community, Mother Ita O'Neill, who has been in the Order for 66 years.
It is the first time the convent has had a nun reaching her 100th year, and the occasion will be marked by Concelebrated Mass, followed by a reception.
Mother Ita was horn in Ballycumber, Ballinglen, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, on April 22. 1874.
One of a family of 12, she was the daughter of a farmer, and early in life went to France, where she remained for some years, before returning to enter the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ipswich. All her life since then, however, has been spent at the convent at Park Avenue, where she was on the teaching staff until she retired 25 years ago.
Still very active, Mother Ita takes a deep interest in most things, and her happiest moments nowadays are spent chatting with children, who attend the convent. She visited her native land in 1962.
Several of her relatives will come from Ireland for her big day at Park Avenue, and another relative, Fr Simon Nolan, parish priest, St. Pius X
Presbytery, Narborough, Leicester, will be one of the celebrants of the special Mass on April 22.
Nurse of the South
Beating six other finalists, Staff Nurse Maritia Sellwood, of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton, has won Southern Television's "Nurse of the South, 1974" contest. Her home is at Seaford, Sussex, where she is a parishioner of St Thomas More's Catholic Church.
She received her "Victory Sash", a silver-buckled nurse's belt and a cheque for £25 from Ron Goodwin, the composer.
For three years running she has organised a "live Crib" at Brighton Station, with nurses singing Christmas carols and children from her twin sister's dancing school the Rosemary Jane Academy of Ballet, Seaford as the Nativity characters, raising £300 for her hospital's centenary appeal.
Staff Nurse Sellwood is
Southern Television's challenger for the Daily Express "Nurse of the Year" contest, the finals of which will be televised by ATV from Birmingham on April' 25. The winner will receive £1,000, a £250 wardrobe and a colour television set. Regional winners from all over the country will take part.
Ecumenical 'Pray Day'
Members of many different churches in Speithorne and the neighbouring areas of Surrey and Hounslow and Hampton are taking part in a one-day Conference on Prayer to be held at Ashford, Middlesex. on May 4. It is being sponsored by the Rev. Peter Boll, Rural Dean of Staines; Fr, Anthony Cooke, parish priest Of St Michael's, Ashford, and the Rev Alan COX, Superintendent Minister of the Ashford and Feltham Methodist Circuit.
Contemplative and Charismatic traditions are represented on the panel of visitors, who include Fr Michael Hollings, Fr Martin Israel, Sister Mary Holliday, the Rev John Tibbs and the Rev Raymond Turvey.
The open programme is designed to give opportunities for learning and growth. The "Pray Day" will begin in the Methodist Church. Clarendon Road, Ashford, at 10 am with short talks from each of the visitors. Lunch will be in St Hilda's Church Hall in Woodthorpe Road.
The afternoon will be devoted to a general session with all the visitors in a panel. followed by an act of worship together before the conference closes with tea at 4 pm.
Mr and Mrs MacDonald, of 10 Village Way, Ashford, are the secretaries to the project. Applications to take part should be sent to them. They or the sponsoring clergy. can give any further details. The charge for the day is El per head, which includes lunch,
St Joan's survey
St Joan's International Alliance is conducting a survey of its members attitudes to abortion as a preliminary step towards the framing of a statement to be presented to the United Nations as part of the World Population Year.
Mrs Dorothy Irvin, the survey's organiser, urges members "to express your views honestly. Do not give an answer because you think it is what others will want to hear. Do not give an answer merely because it is what you have often heard, if you do not agree with it."
She also advises members "to keep in mind the point that we must speak in our statement to people of many different religious beliefs.
Opinions are sought on the State's right to "make any laws
concerning abortion," including the forbidding of such operations. Another question asks if abortion should be per mitted under certain conditions including medical or psy
chological reasons, low income or where pregnancy results from rape or incest.
Views are asked for about the right of the State or the Church to take punitive action against those concerned wqrh abortion and on the use of Church money to provide practical alternatives to abortion. 1, Members are invited to choose between two statements
concerning freedom of con science: "The State by its legal dispositions should permit those of differing convictions to act according to their consciences in this matter," or "the legal dis positions of the State should embody a moral conviction, even if this means that some may not act according to their consciences in this matter,"
A Catholic priest and a former Communist guerrilla speaking on the same subject in the same place might seem a rather explosive mixture. A seminar at St Edward's College, near Mill Hill, organised by the Missionary Institute of London, showed that it need not be.
The first speaker was Mr William Pomeroy, who joined the Hukbaluhap movement in the Philippines in 1952, thus identifying himself with 11'1 Philippines struggle for r_01 development. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the movement. After serving ten years of his sentence he was deported and is now living in I.ondon.
Fr Sean McNulty, the second speaker. has also spent several years in the Philippines. He has been involved with the Federation of Free Farmers, and managed a local radio station for•some time. He is now studying organisation development Both speakers, in assessing the situation in the Philippines. agreed that there were tremendous injustices, and that although the Marcos government had promised to undertake certain necessary reforms, it had not gone far enough, and did not permit a true democracy.