TOMORROW IS A GREAT `SVP' DAY
THE poor, the aged, the blind, and the children—just the very people for whom St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac worked and founded their famous Orders, will gather in Westminster Cathedral tomorrow (Saturday).
There, in the company of Vincentian priests, Sisters of Charity, and members of all those societies so closely connected with the two saints, they will attend celebrations commemorating the tercentenary of their death.
Cardinal Godfrey will preside at High Mass celebrated by the Vincentian Provincial, Fr. Christopher O'Leary, C.M., in the presence of the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop O'Hara, and of Bishop Cashman. auxiliary of Westminster.
Students from St. Mary's Training College, Strawberry Hill (directed by the Vincentians) will serve the Mass; Cardinal Godfrey will preach.
With the congregation will be Westminster's new Catholic Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Mr. and Mrs. R. Everest; more than 270 Sisters of Charity, some 60 delegates of the Ladies of Charity (founded by St, Vincent), and members of the Marillac Association (a junior branch of the Ladies of Charity who visit old and lonely people). Lt.-Col. J. D. Waters, President of the Superior Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, will attend with some 250 Brother delegates from conferences throughout the country.
Marillacs will bring along the old people; the children will come from the Sisters' homes and schools including a blind school and an orthopedic hospital. Dominating the scene will be a giant reproduction of the weltknown picture of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac going about their works of mercy.
As well as commemorating the tercentenary of the deaths of St. Vincent and St. Louise, this celebration will also mark the centenary of the opening of the first house in London of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul— St. Vincent's, Carlisle Place, Westminster, in the shadow of the Cathedral itself. (See P. 5.)
In a Papal Brief dated February 10, 1960, Pope John XXIII pro claimed St. Louise de Marillac patron of all Christian Social Workers.
The Sisters of Charity now number more than 45,000 and they have some 4,000 Houses in various parts of the world, including most of the English dioceses. Vincentian Fathers are in the Westminster, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Northampton dioceses.