Page 5, 19th May 1944

19th May 1944
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Page 5, 19th May 1944 — 3,000 AT LEICESTER WELCOME BISHOP ELLIS

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From Our Own Correspondent Laicitsica Fully 3,000 Catholics, as Well as representatives of the Anglican and Free Churches, attended the demonstration of welcome to the Rt. Rev. Edward Ellis, Rshop of Nottingham, at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on Monday.

His Lordship was received by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress in the vestibule of the hall and then proceeded to the platform. A guard-of-honour was pro, ided by the Youth organisations and Ratcliffe College choir sang Erce Sacerdos Magnus.

. After the Lord Mayor had given a hearty welcome to the Bishop, Fr. Mark Brocklehurst, 0.P.. Prior of Holy Cross, offered the welcome of the Clergy and said that Leicester and county had played a great part in the revival of the Chureh. Things had moved fast since the days when they had a chapel which one historian described as " u and entry " with a spyhole to watch that the wrong people did not come in. Catholicism came to Leicester from the courity, from a great, rich tradition that flourished in spite of tremendous odds.

Mr.-A. H. Kimberlin, spokesman for the laity. gave an interesting account of the work done by Catholic laymen in the oast, and remarked that there were now in Leicester nineteen places and churches in which are said forty-one public Masses on Sundays. The best way the laity could welcomethe Bishop was to take part in Catholic Action and Christian co-operation, Bishop Ellis. in renly. refereed to the tabours of his predecessors, and said that there was not the slightest doubt that the elk:my had responded in a marvellous way and the impressive growth of the Church in these parts was due to their inspiration. Not only was he confident of the loyalty of the clergy, but the meeting was evidence of the loyalty of the laity lie praised the work or Christian co-operation and said there was a great field its which they could work together for the good of the city. country and the world in general.

Dealing with the new Education Bill, the Bishop said that it meant secondary schools must be provided for our Catholic children. " We intend that every Catholic child should have facilities for education in Catholic primary and secondary schools."

Dr. Bernard Grantee, with chaeacteristic humour, referred to his long association with the Bishop, and announced that it was the earnest wish of the chairnian of the Leicester Christian Council that Rome might he spared the horrors of the war.

Under the direction of Mr. Kirke the schoot children sang " Land of Hope and Glory," and the whole assembly rose for the singing of the Credo, and "God Bless our Pope."

Dr. Edward Ellis, 'Bishop of Nottingham, gave three school parties simultaneously last week in Nottingham. They were for the pupils of his old school, Si Mary's, Derby Road, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, and St. Catherine's Convent School. All three are conducted by the Sisters of Mercy. The children of St Mary's School had their parry in the garden of St. Barnabas Cathedral, the small people of St. Joseph's in their school Playground and the Convent School girls in tHe Mikado Cafe. Nottingham. His Lordship visited each in turn and spoke to the children.

The' Bishop of Nottingham, Mgr.

Ellis, once bead boy of Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire visited his old school for the first time since his consecration last week-end, and on Sunday celebrated Pontifical High Mass in the College Chapel Later in the day he addressed the school on the cricket field, and on Monday evening gave a reception in the De Montford Hall to the Catholics of parishee in Leicester and the surrounding district.

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