BISHOPS' ENGAGEMENTS Westminster
For Mgr. Griffin, Archbishop of Westminster: February 1, Cathedral. Offers Mass for members, living and deceased, of the Society of St. Augustine, 8 a.m. February 2, Cathedral. Blesses the candles and presides at the Capitular Mass, 10 a.m February 3, Oxford. Gives conferences to the undergraduates.
There are no public engagements for Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark, for the week February 1 to February 8
I Mgr. King, Bishop e of Portsmouth: February 2. Attends Profession at Abbey House. Romsey.
For Mgr. Ellis, Bishop at Nottingham: Sunday. February 3. Says Mass in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Friday, February 8. Attends Save Europe Now " meeting in Albert Hall, Nottingham. Speakers to include Mr. R. R. Stokes, M.P. Saturday, February 9. Attends ceremony of Clothing and Profession at the Convent of Mercy, Derby Road, Nottingham.
PRIESTS' APPOINTMENTS Portsmouth
The following appointments in the diocese of Portsmouth arc officially announced: As assistant priests—Revv. McDowell to Fareham; H. Murphy to Maidenhead; P. O'Donnell to Windsor; P 0*Mahony to Ventnot ; R. O'Brien and J. Power to Southscu ; J D. Dwyer to Shirley; C. Steward to Ryde. As chaplains—the Rev. J. C. Law to Yateley Convent, and the Rev. Gordon Hunter to Milford-on-Sea Convent.
The lollowing appointments in the diocese of Southwark are officially announced : the Rev. Glcnnie to be chaplain at Eden Hall, Edenbridgc; the Rev. Tak to be chaplain at Avistord School; the Rev. Raynham to be assistant at St. Anselm's, Tooting Bee; the Rev. C. Borelli to be assistant at St. Charles'. Weybridge; Fr. Gerard Well to be assistant at St. Gertrude's. S. Croydon.
The following appointment is announced: Fr. John Berry, C.SS.R., has been appointed rector of the Redemptorist House at Bishop
Eton, Liverpool Fr. Berry was released from his duties as an Army chaplain six months ago.
SOCIETIES K.S.C., Newport the following Officers of Newport Council of the Knights of St. Columba were installed on Sunday last: T. Barrett; D.G.K-, P. Coleman; Ch., M. A. Casey; ES., B. Doyle; Ti„ J. Lenahan; RS., .I. Bentley, Trustees, Alderman W. F. E. Smith, J.P., J. Gould and J. Fisher; Lecturer, W. Bown; Warden, J Fisher; Leies, W. Richards and W. Gabh; 0.Ges, F. Gibson and W. Hard. 140 children were entertained to tea at a Christmas party given by the K.S.0 Council and Columba Club at St. Mary's Institute, Stow Hill, Newport.
C.Y.M.S., Monmouth The sixth annual meeting of the East Monmouthshire District Council of the C.Y.M.S. took place at Newport Some 107 members are still serving with H.M. Forces. Eight members had lost their lives in the war. One member of St. Mary's, Newport Branch had been decorated with the D.C.M. Officers for 1946 are: President, Mr. D. Murphy, St. Mary's, Newport vicepresident, Mr Chambers, St. Michael's, Newport, treasurer, Mr. .1 Sweeney, Cwmbran; secretary, Mr. W. Crcmins, Abersychan, Newman, Birmingham
Twenty years ago it was easy to talk about Gerard Manley Hopkins because few people knew anything about him, now he is a fashionable poet, but though the fashion may change this Jesuit priest will never be less than one of the big poets of the English language, said Fr Martin D'Arcy, speaking to the Birmingham branch of the Newman Society on Friday. January 25.
" I was first struck by the tremendous power and beauty of Gerard Manley Hopkins' verse when I came across a diary in a privately printed periodical in the year 1906. It was not until 1918, 20 years after his death, that his old friend, Robert Bridges published the first book of his poems. and it was some years site, that before
he became popular in literary circles. Then suddenly he became very much the vogue and was taken up on all sides by young poets, by the intelligentsie, and by Bloomsbury ! "
A new branch of the Nottingham C.P.E.A. was formed this week in St. Paul's parish, Radford. This followed an address by Mr W J. Clarke, chairman of the Nottingham Council of the C.P.E.A. In the parishes of St. Mary's, Hyson Green, and St. Augustine's, Nottingham, inquiries are being made with regard to the conveyance of children from outlying portions of the parishes to the parochial schools at the expense of the Nottingham Educedon Committees A complete census of the Catholic children of the city showing where they live, what is their age and what schools. Catholic or 'nonCatholic they arc at present attending is now being carried out by the C.P.E.A
K.S.C., Leatherheml A new Council of the Knights of St. Columba was set up on Sunday at Leatherhead and will be known as Leatherhead Council, 357. The principal officers Include: Mr. J. H. Wright, Grand Knight, and Mr. A. J. Churchill, Chancellor. Following the erection of the Council the Knights pre. sent went in a body le Our Lady and St. Peres's, Leathetheed, where the Credo was sung during Benediction.
Thc Catholic Women's League, Southwaik Diocesan Branch is now being reorganised. As many present addresses are unknown, will all past members please communicate immediately with the Hon. Secretary, Mrs. D. M. Wilkinson, 21, Robyns Way,
Sevenoaks, Kent (Telephone, Seven. oaks 3612).
ANNOUNCEMENTS Catholic Nurses The Westminster branch of the Catholic Nurses' Guild will hold a meeting at Virgo Fidelis Convent, 189, Old Brompton Road, S.W.5, on Sunday, February 3, at 3 o'clock. The Hon Mrs. Douglas Woodruff will speak on the work of the Catholic Committee for Relief abroad.
For a Catholic Europe
The next " Novena for a Catholic Europe " will begin on Tuesday, hebruary 5. Further particulars about the Crusade to be obtained from the secretary, St. Kevin's, Jane's Lane, Burgess Hill, Sussex Civil Service Guild
The Civil Service Guild has arranged a Brains Trust for its next meeting, to be held at the Convent, Carlisle Place, at 6.30 p.m., on Tuesday, February 5. The Brains Trust will include Lord Pakenham, Mr. W. Teeling, Dr. Letitia Fairfield and Mr. W. Cunningham, of the Ministry of Supply. Questions should be addressed to Mr. H. Campbell, 184, Tottenham Lane, N.R.
Interval Club On Saturday, February 9. at St. Patrick's, Soho Square, at 10 o'clock, Holy MRS, will be. offered for Mary Marearet Vincent Balveird Hewett, and for all deceased members and staff of the club for which she so gladly spent the last ten years of her life. Short address by Fr. F. C. Devas, Si., D.S.O.
On February 7, at 5.30 p.m. at the Birmingham University Newman Society, Edmund Street, an address will he given by Mr. Joseph Keegan entitled " Pilgrims in a Foreign Land."
Our Lady of Lourdes At Westminster Cathedral on Monday, Febniary 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 4.30 p.m., a special children's service with procession in honour of Our Lady will be held. Mgr. Myers, Bishop of Litmus, will preach. At 8 p.m. Mgr. Griffin, Archbishop of Westminster, will preach Travelling Mission •
The centres to be visited this weekend by the Southwark 'Travelling Miesem are: Duman Green, parish of Sevenoaks, Kent. Mass will be said at the village school on Sunday, February 3. at 3.30. Mass will also be said at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Ide Hill, at 10. Eastry. parish of Mongeham, Kent. On Saturday and Monday Mass will be said at Gore Court at 8, where there will also be Rosary, sermon and Benediction on Sunday afternoon at 3.30. On Sunday morning Mass will be said at the Village Hall at 8.30
The following Newman Association meetings are announced: On Sunday. February 3, at 3.15, International Discussion. On Wednesday, February 6, the Hon. Paul Martin, leadel of the Canadian Delegation to U.N.O., will speak on " Canada and the United Nations," at 7 p.m. The meetings take place at Hereford House, Park Street, W.I.
CANON CHARLES KUYPERS
Canon Kuypers, who died at Thorndon, in Essex, on January 18, was a contemporary of Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark, during his philosophy course at St. Edmund's College, Ware. Born in 1866 and educated at Downside, St. Edmund's College and St. Thomas' Seminary, Charles Kuypers was ordained in May, No, and at his first Mass celebrated at Haverstock Hill, he was assisted by the present Bishop of Southwark. After ordination he spent two periods at Si. Edmund's College, during the presidency of Mgr. Bernard Ward, as Vice-President and Procurator and for a time was Chaplain to Nazareth House, Hammersmith, before his appointment as Missionary Rector at Hertford in 1902 He came to Thnno don in 1911 and thus began ap assc. emu= with the Petre family which lasted over thirty years, until his death. When the diocese of Brentwood was formed out ot the archdiocese of Westminster in 1917, Fr. Kuypers found himself in the new diocese and neighbour to the Bishop, Mgr. Ward. In 1928, when, at the instance of the present Bishop, Mgr Doubleday, the Brentwood Chapter was augmented, Fr. Kuypers was made a Canon of Brentwood and shortly afterwards became Secretary to the Chapter, which office he fulfilled almost until his death, Mgr, Doubleday with members of the Chapter and a number of the diocesan clergy. assisted at the Requiem in Brentworid Cathedral preceding the inter ment in the cemetery next to the Cathedral.
CANON BLANCHARD Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Canon henry Blanchard, founder and parish priest of St. Winefride's, Bootle, who died on Monday last, aged 88, was offered yesterday, Thursrla; in the presence of Aechbishcip Downey.
Educated at St. Joseph's School, Birkdale, and Uthaw, he was ordained in St. Peter's, Lancaster, by the late Bishop O'Reilly on August 1, 1886, and served at St. Michael's, Liverpool, for two years; St. Joseph's, Liverpool, five years, and St. Cuthbeit's. Pemberton, two years, before going to Bootle, in May, 1895, to establish the parish of St. Wincfride. Schools were opened in 1903, and he also set up the first
Catholic eecondaty sobool in Bootie.