ARCHBISHOP COWDE ROY of Southwark, 65, who was admitted to hospital at the end of last month, says in a letter to the clergy of the diocese that he is to undergo an operation. He writes: "I have now left hospital temporarily, but on the advice of the doctors I am undertaking no engagements for the time being.
"I am sorry for the inconvenience I am causing, and it is also a personal disappointment to me which I must accept with patience and Tesigna,tion. However, I am happy to say that the doctors agree that I may fulfil the engagement to solemnise the Pontifical High Mass at Canterbury on July 7.
"I need not say how much I am looking forward to that wonderful celebration. I pray that it may be very successful and that we may have good weather. After the celebration at Canterbury I am due to return to hospital where I have to undergo an operation.
"The doctors give me every hope that it will be completely successful and that, after a short period of recovery, I shall be able to resume my duties with renewed and increased vigour. Please pray for me and ask your people to do so."
Papal award for altar server
CAPT. PARRY, 89, a member of the Guild of St. Stephen, the organisation for altar servers, received the papal Rene Merenti medal from Bishop Restieaux at a diocesan rally of the Guild at Bournemouth last week. He is a member of Broadstone parish, Dorset.
Capt. Parry was enrolled in the Guild by its founder, Fr. Hamilton McDonald in 1905.