A diary of people and places
THE first student donation to Liverpool University Catholic Chaplaincy's new building—which opens next month—
came from a Congregationalist student "who sent us ten bob and a lovely letter". Already plans are being made for a Methodist Student Conference to be held in the chaplaincy next year.
Fr. T. A. McGoldrick, the chaplain, hardly understates the case then when he tells me that the new 177.000 building "is nut going to be a Catholic ghetto". On the contrary. the chaplaincy has been designed around the student and bearing in mind that the University Student Union is just across the road. ("That's why we haven't applied for a beer licence," Fr. McGoldrick said.)
"The layout is the result of a survey among the students some
years ago." said Fr. McGoldrick, "and to those findings we have added the lessons we have learned from our present quarters" (a cramped terraced-house). Meeting rooms. a lounge. places to spread out. relax and talk or read: fill nith students and the building's complete. The photograph here was taken when the chaplain poked his head through the hoardings to see how the chaplaincy was progressing when he was at the University during the visit of Prime Minister Harold Wilson recently.
Archbishop Beck will perform the official opening on April 24 with a blessing following an academic Mass at II a.m. Liverpool's civic dignitaries, and university and Catholic notables. will be in attendance.
Showplaces LIVING, AS I DO, in a London flat with a wide assortment of money-eating meters for almost everything except sleeping. I find it easy to understand why families with stately country homes have to open them to the public. In fact, I toyed with the idea myself for a while but decided against it.
This year's most outstanding addition to the 600 showplaces already available to the public is Sledmere. near Driffield, Yorks, the home of an old Catholic family. The present head of the family is Sir Richard Sykes. and I hear that he has a novel and extremely eawthwhile plan for running the house when it opens to the "other half" later this year.
Sir Richard has announced that old age pensioners in the nearby town of Driffield, who once worked for the family, are to he "re-employed" to help run the house. Ibis is a highly commendable step and one well worth considering in other fields. After all. people cannot simply be discarded as useless when they reach a certain age.
One of the principal attractions at Sledmerc with its estate of 12.000 broad acres N1,111 undoubtedly be the world-famous stud. although I hear it is not officially on show. The grounds and paidens of the house itselt. however. are very beautiful, and
the art collection has some valuable paintings. There is also a Catholic chapel in the house.
Concilium goes up ALREADY 2,500 people have subscribed to the British edition of Concilium, the twomonth-old theology review published simultaneously in seven languages. And this week a member of the London office told me new subscriptions keep coming in at a rate of 200-300 a week.
Quite a spectacular response for a new magazine! But I suppose it shouldn't be surprising. With Council experts and the bestknown theologians throughout the world writing the articles, it's bound to provoke interest.
Americans, incidentally, have a bit of hard luck, Their ((medium publishers. with long lasting hookcases in mind, are producing a hard-hound version far more costly than the British 12s. 6d. edition. But for copyright reasons they have to get the American edition or go without.
City life T HEAR from M. Joseph Fol." lief that this year's session of Semaines Sociales de France. of which he is vice-president, is to be held at Brest from July 9 to 14.
The movement. founded in 1904, has been described as "an itinerant university" and gives an opportunity for people of all countries In get together for study and discussion of socially important matters.
The general theme this year. "Man and the Urban Revolution." covers such topics as maladjustment, mental health, juvenile crime, housing and the effect of "the urban phenomenon" on religious practice. M. Folliet points out that Brest. largely rebuilt after bombing. is a highly suitable place to discuss the effects of modern town life.
Anyone writing to the Secretariat Permairent des Semaines Sociale de France at 16 rue du Plat, Lyons. will receive in June details of food and accommodation prices (which are moderate) and the full programme.
Vive la France TH's year it is the turn of some young Briton to win the P.E.N. French essay prize offered by the publishing firms Larousse and Hachette and by Air France.
It has been awarded foi the past seven years to people between 20 and 30 in seven different countries. with the aim of promoting the use of the French language.
This year's first prize is a return flight to Paris and enough money for a five months' stay in France (8.000 francs. nearly £600).
I he somewhat formidable subject set for this year is: "To what extent have French publications (literary, artistic or scientific) influenced the development of your personality? State which, and why."
The second prize is French hooks to the value of 2,000 francs, and books or subscriptions to literary periodicals for 79 runnersup. Entrance forms can be got from the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, 22 Wilton Crescent, London, S.W.1. or the London offices of Hachettes and Air Et since.
Pen-friends wanted YOUNCi Catholics who would A like pen friends in "Australia and neighbouring countries" can get them through the Australian Catholic weekly newspaper, the C'aiirtilie Leader.
'The Leader's managing editor, Mr. Brian Doyle, tells me that the Catholic Children's Club, featured each week in the paper, prints the names of pen-friends. "Many young Catholics in various parts of the world, including the AfroAsian nations. have been brought into touch with each other this Way in recent years," he said.
So if you are under 1tt, and interested, write your name and address. interests and hobbies. in a letter or postcard to The Editor, Catholic Leader, 541-5 Ann Street, Brisbane, Australia. Transfiguration of ihe Epileptic Boy, a painting by Caret Weight which was unveiled by Bishop Cashman, Auxiliary of Westminster. this week in St. Aidan's church, East Acton.
My art critic colleagoe, Iris Conley, describes it as "a highly dramatic and exciting picture in which we are whirled from earth to heaven on a kind of magical bridge, suspended over a chasm. until. with the dazzled apostles climbing with us, we see Christ and his companions lit by the glory of heaven and literally transfigured by it". She points out that at (bottom right) emerging from an earthy mist, the epileptic boy is seen waiting for the miraculous moment of his release.
Although a comparatively small picture for a church (it is a aludy for the picture the artist painted for Manchester Cathedral) its effectiveness is not in the least diminished.
It hangs alpne on a small wall by the confessionals and provides a meditation for those preparing themselves for the sacrament.
One more ANN KIMMEL'S article on Secular Institutes created a good deal of interest among our readers. However, she forgot to mention one and Joan Morris reminds us about it.
It is the Company of St. Paul which is composed of three divisions: laymen, women and priests, who hold goods in common. lake the three vows, and co-operate in prayer and apostolate. The generalate headquarters is in Rome: La Compagnia di san Paolo, via Carini 24. However, there is now a growing number of English speaking members in the United States, in Washington D.C. and New York. In England, there are two members. working separately. and not constituting an official group, of which Joan Morris herself is one.
Fact and fancy APRIEST told me he'd visited a religion class to test the children's knowledge. He asked if they could tell him one way in which Christ was different from other men.
"Please Father." said one. "Christ wears his heart on the outside."
ANTALISING paragraph in
the March 24 issue of Time & Tide: "In a few weeks there will be an important article in Time it Tide concerning Cardinal Heenan.