Page 8, 24th March 1972

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Page 8, 24th March 1972 — Convent 'cold war' with Soviet delegation denied

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Convent 'cold war' with Soviet delegation denied


DESPITE objections by their neighbours in Highgate. London-the Soviet Trade Delegation-the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are to sell the seven-acre site

of their convent. which has been closed, for a housing project.

Thc Russians objected to the sale on the grounds of "an intru.sion on privacy." disturbance during building of the houses and the loss of trees on the site.

Sister Etheldreda, who was Superior of the convent until it closed early this year, denied newspaper reports that the Russians had caused martial music to blare over the convent wall, and that the Sisters had replied with the loud recordings of hymns.

She said: "We had no communication with the delegation. I do not know why the Russians objected. It might be because we objected to the height of their building, which overlooked us. They got their planning permission, but I do not know how," Newspaper stories of a "cold war" followed a Soviet objection to a plan to build 50 houses on the site. The delegation, many of whose members were among more than 100 Soviet personnel recently expelled from Britain. objected to planning permission on the grounds that it reduced the

£75,000 appeal for Chair of Peace Studies

BR1TAIN'S first university Chair of Peace Studies is to be established at Bruiford University with the co-operation of the Society of Irierids (Quakers). A public appeal for 05.000 was launched yesterdaN) -half the cost. The other half is to be contributed by the university.

The appeal was launched from the Friends Meeting I-louse, Melbourne Place, Bradford. Yorkshire, value of their property.

Mr. Ivor Walker, chairman of the planning committee of Highgate Colincil. which overruled the objection, said: "We were most surprised that a socialist organisation should express its views in such capitalist terms.

"We certainly took the views of the Russians into account, but we were not impressed a great deal by their objections.

he fear that the development might reduce the value of their estate is not in itself a planning objection."

Six Augustinians celebrate their silver jubilee

faIX Irish born Augustinian kJ priests who have worked in England. all ordained in March. .1917. celebrated their silver jubilee together in I lamnicrsmith. London, this week.

The six, who concelebrated' Mass at St. Augustine's on Wednesdity, were the Provincial of the English Vice-Province, Fr. Michael Hackett; Fr. Columba Heffernan, Prior and parish priest of St. Monica's, lioxton. London; Fr. Finian Twomey, Bursar at St. Moni I. Fr. Michael Duggan, Chaphiin to Folham Hospital, London: Ft. H ilary llordan, Lnglish iria.fer al Austin Friars School. t .,1 t. timberland, and h. I i('iniuic I ).11y, formerly head111.,...R.1 ii Austin Friars, now in Dublin.

All the priests were ordained at the same ceremony by Archbishop McQuaid of Dublin. Fr. Killian O'Mahoney. the Irish Provincial of the Augustinians. attended the Mass.

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