One of the first stages of the reconstruction Of Ealing Abbey, London-the scaffolding which has been erected in the part of the nave that was destroyed by bombing in October, 1940.
After completing the damaged nave, the monks of this, the only Benedictine Abbey in London, plan to build a choir and Lady chapel beyond the sanctuary, above which there will be a massive tower and belfry. The estimated cost of rebuilding and extending the church, and also of developing and replacing the abbey buildings, is about 050,000.
The English Congregation of Benedictines, to which Ealing Abbey belongs, is directly linked with pre-Reformation Benedictine life in this country and the small band of monks headed by St. Augustine who were sent from Rome in the sixth century by St. Gregory the Great.
Dom Sigebert Buckley, the last monk of Westminster Abbey -restored by Mary Tudor after Henry VIII's suppression of the monasteries-invested several with the habit in 1607. This English Congregation in exile at Douai and Paris and In Lorraine returned to this country permanently at the French Revolution, settling at Downside and Ampleforth, after having sent many monks over the channel to serve the persecuted Catholics of Eng
Bishop Petit of Menevia preached at a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving held last week at St. Anne's, Custom House, London, to mark the silver jubilee of the ordination of the parish priest, Fr. Dermot Moore, Ph.D. The Mayor and Mayoress of West Ham, Alderman and Mrs. C. Lowe, were present, as were the Vicar General of Brentwood, Mgr. Canon J. Howell, Canon O'Donnell, and the Franciscan Provincial, Fr. Justin McLoughlin, O.F.M.
The performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" by St. Benedict's School. Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire, Scotland, last week was acclaimed as being of professional standard." The opera was also given to a packed audience at Fort William Town Hall.
land and Wales during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Ealing Abbey was founded from Downside in 1895, starting as a Benedictine parish, growing into a priory, and becoming an abbey in 1955.
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A new block, providing four additional classrooms, changing rooms, showers, and a gymnasium, is being built at St. Wilfrid's Secondary School, Crawley, Sussex. The cost is estimated at £50,000, of which the Catholic community will have to find £37,500.
Dow Francis Gilbert, 0.S.R.
Dom Francis Gilbert, 0.S.B., of Quarr Abbey, died recently in a nursing home at St. Leonards-on-Sea. Born and ordained priest in France, he was professed at St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, in 1908. For many years he was sacristan and master of ceremonies, this health broke down in 1936 and, after a very serious operation, he had to live the life of an invalid for 22 years in the nursing home in which he died.
Bishop Craven, auxiliary of Westminster, addressed some 300 nurses and sisters of the Westminster branch of the Catholic. Nurses' Guild who gathered for their annual rally last week at the convent of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, Lancaster Road, London. Also present were Miss Collins, S.R.N., president of the Catholic Nurses' Guild, and Miss Gordon, editor of the "Nursing Mirror."
Southwark.-Mass on Sunday at Godstone Court, Godstone, in the parish of Caterham, at 8 a.m, and at Upper Court, Woldingham, in the parish of Warlingham, at 9.15 a.m.; and at Scott's Farm, Hunton, in the parish of Maidstone, at 8.30 a.m., at the Old Forge, Matfield, in the parish of Goudhurst, at 10.30 a.m., and at the Kings Head, Sutton Valence, in the parish of Maidstone, at 6 p.m.
Nottingham.-Mass on Sunday at Village Hall, Bottesford, at 8 a.m.; at Village Hall, Barkston, at 10.30 a.m.; and at Rutland Cinema, Uppingham, at 6 p.m. Fr. Murray, S.C.J. will next week visit Billingsborough.
Nottingham.-Mass on Sunday at a place to be announced locally at 8.30 a.m.; at Ruskington at 11 a.m.; and at Woodbeck at 8 p.m.
Menesia. From today (Friday) until Sunday, Fr. Conroy, C.SS.R., will visit MachyrtlIcth district; Fr. Maram, C.SS,R., will visit Llanybyther: and Fr. Doyle, C.SS.R., will visit Llansintfraid,
Brentwood.-Mass on Sunday at "Haldon", opposite the Avenue, Denbury, at 8.30 a.m., and at Village Hall, Rettendon, at 10 a.m.; and at Mr. Skellon's, White Roding, at 8.45 a.m. Next week the mission will visit Hullbridge, Boated, and Ardleigh.
Northampton. Tomorrow (Saturday): Mass at Shaw's, Old Rectory, Drinkstone, Suffolk, at 9 a.m. Sunday: Mass at Village Institute, Woolpit, at 9 a.m. and at Newman's Springmouth, Westhorpe, at II a.m. Monday: Mass at Harvey's Hollyhock Cottage (next to the Star). Lidgate, 8 am. Catechism "Camp" starts at Lowestoft. Next week:
NottIngham.-Fr. David Bradbury, parish priest of Hathersage. Derbyshire, has been appointed parish priest of St. Mary's, Brigg, Lancs.
Shrewsbury.-The following newly ordained priests have been appointed: Fr. Damian Roberts to St. Vincent's, Altrincham ; and Fr. John Warnock to St. Joseph's, Stockport.