Correspondence about women undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge has recently occupied a lot of space on the CATHOLIC HERALD letter page.
According to the annual report, just Issued, of the Oxford and Cambridge Catholic Education Board, the Board has given considerable thought to the spiritual welfare of these women, " At Oxford." states the report, " where the Board has received valuable assistance from a committee of senior Catholic women, Mgr. Knox and Fr. M. C. D'Arcy, S.J., have been appointed spiritual advisers to the women students and conferences are to be given regularly at Cherwell Edge."
In view of the recently announced resignation or Mgr. Knox from the Oxford chaplaincy it is to be presumed that the new chaplain will also take on the post of spiritual adviser to the women students.
• At Cambridge, Fr. Adrian English, 0.13., who has since died, and the Canonesses of St. Augustine, have been co-operating in promoting the spiritual welfare of the few Catholic members of Girton and Newnham Colleges.
SLIGHT INCREASE IN NUMBERS In the report of the Oxford chaplaincy, Mgr. Knox writes that there are 177 Catholic undergraduates as against 174 last year. The membership of the Newman Society, which includes senior members of the University and the religious, shows a small drop (244 as against 256 in the previous year).
Of the Catholic schools in England, Ampleforth sent ten freshmen, Beaumont nine, Downside four, Stonyhurst three, the Oratory one, Donal one, Wimbledon one.
A RECORD " At Cambridge the total number of Catholics in residence during the year 1937-1938,was 212 and again constitutes a record," writes the Rev. A. Gilby, the chaplain.
This number was composed of 14 M.A.s, 15 RAs, and Research Students, and 160 lay undergraduates.
Of the 50 freshmen eight were from Downside, five from Ampleforth, three from Stonyhurst, and three from Beaumont.
The annual report of the Board, copies of which may be obtained from Wilfred Woollen, Esq., 6, Egerton Gardens, London, W.13, also contains for the first time a list of the women students at Oxford and Cambridge and their successes in last year's Final Examinations.