BY CHRISTINA FARRELL
THE SPIRITUAL leader of Catholics in England and Wales has wken of the inspirational leadership of a former Archbishop of Westminster.
Last Thursday Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor presided at a Mass at St Joseph's College in Mill Hill, North London, to mark the centenary of the death of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, the force behind the building of Westminster Cathedral and founder of the Catholic Missionary Society. Prayers weze said at the Cardinal's grave.
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said Cardinal Vaughan's example offered strength and vision for the Church in Britain: "We can gain strength from the example of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan," he said.
"If he had a project in mind, he carried it through. If he wanted Catholic schools or a cathedral he went out and got them and they have endured.
"His aim was to build up the Catholic Church as a Catholic missionary community, as a central part of England and Wales. As with any picture. there is light and shadow, but looking back 100 years and then seeing where we are today, I can only rejoice in so much of what has been achieved and take confidence that with the same faith and determination, we can lay down our roots for the Church which will serve us well for the next hundred years."
Yesterday a solemn requiem for Cardinal Vaughan was held at the cathedral he founded.
Vespers for the Dead were followed by a Capitular Mass with Hierarchy. The Mass was part of a series of events to mark Westminster Cathedral's anniversary. On Tuesday a Mass will mark the Formal Feast of Dedication of the Cathedral.
Earlier this year the superior general of the Mill Hill Missionaries, Fr Jac Hetsen, confirmed that plans were underway to move Cardinal Vaughan's remains back to the cathedral.
His instructions were to be buried at Mill Hill: "Beware of useless expense in my funeral," he wrote.
"Let Hussey provide a cheap coffin without brasses, let no hanging be got to drape the cathedral and only a pair of horses to the hearse that will cony my remains to St Joseph's College. No flowers." He died on 19 June 1903.