FIRST VOWS.—Margaret Noblett (Sister James) and Marie Hall (Sister Anthony Mary), daughters of two well-known Chorley families, last week made their Profession of First Vows in the Order of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (better known as the White Sisters). On the same day, Sister Charles Myriem, who, during the past six years, spent sonic time in each of the White Sisters' communities of Manchester. Holmwood and Liverpool, made her Final Vows. CATHOLIC MAYOR:I — Councillor Maurice Byrne, 40, of Park Lane, Pontefract. Yorkshire, a Catholic. is to be the 496th Mayor of Pontefract. Born in Stanley, Co. Dalian], he attended St. Joseph's School, Stanley and later the St. Cuthben's School, Chester-le-Street and the Townley Memorial School,
Stanley. While living in Ackworth he became associated with the Young Christian Workers and later moved to Pontefract to pursue this activity.
EDUCATION COUNCIL "Parents and Education" will be the theme of the Catholic Education Council's annual conference at St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, from April 28 to 30. Invitations are being sent to organisations representing parents directly or laity generally. as well as to the organisations representing schools and teachers.
TEACHERS CONFER. — Bishop Wheeler, Coadjutor of Middlesbrough, opened a Catholic teachers' conference held recently at the 131.
Margaret Clitheroc Secondary School, York, attended by 250 Catholic teachers from the diocese. It was organised by the Middlesbrough Diocesan Council of Catholic Teachers, whose president, Mr. Patrick Devine, introduced Bishop Wheeler.
PAPAL HONOURS. — The Papal decoration Bette Mrrenti will be conferred on Mr Wilfred Cooper and Mr. Patrick Moynihan next month for their services to the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Rickmansworth. The investiture will be performed by Bishop Cashman after evening Mass on March 16.
FATIMA NOVICE.—Miss Imelda Lillis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lillis of Wallington Way, Surrey, has become a novice of the Perpetual Rosary Cloistered Nuns at Fatima, Portugal, the Dominican Order of English-speaking nuns. She received the name of Sister Mary of Fatima, O.P.
RAF CONFIRMATIONS. —Bishop 0. W. Tickle, Catholic Bishop in Ordinary to the Forces, last week performed 28 Confirmations in the Church of the Holy Family at the RAF station at Halton, Bucks. The church is the RAF memorial to Catholics who died in the lest two wars.
TIRE!) MOTHERS. — Holiday centres for tired mothers "on the verge of a breakdown" have been opened in Suffolk and Yorkshire by the Women's Voluntary Service. They offer 11-day rest holidays.