Headmaster, server and two singers
Four Papal awards to members of the Westminster diocese were announced from Archbishop's House this week.
Mr, L. Summerbell, the man who built up the Oratory School. London. front a handful of boys to the more than 330-strong secondary modern school with the " grammar " outlook that it has to day, has been awarded the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.
The award, for 25 years' service as headmaster. was presented to Mr. Summerbell by Fr. William Munster, Superior of the Oratory, yesterday, the Feast of St. Philip.
Mr. Summerbell, still only in his fifties, was a pilot in the first World War. On his appointment to the Oratory School in 1930 he started steadily to build up in numbers and in scholastic achievements, only to see his work scattered in 1939 and the school turned into a German P.O.W. camp.
Again Mr. Summerbell went away to the war, returning in 1945 to start again. New buildinfis, new scholastic achievements--meluding scholarships to London University.
Benemerenti Medals are awarded to Mr. Richard Egan of Holy Redeemer parish, Chelsea. for 25 years' service as an altar server and to Mr. Joseph King and Mrs. W. Pratt. of Tcddington. Middlesex, each for 40 years' service in the Sacred Heart Church choir.