Page 3, 27th November 1992

27th November 1992
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Page 3, 27th November 1992 — Bishops' Diaries

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is opric o t e orces holds its Pastoral Council at Bagshot, Surrey, on Sunday, with its Bishop, Francis Walmsley, attending. In the Middlesbrough diocese, Bishop Augustine Harris inaugurates a new Pastoral Centre at Hemlington. Also on Sunday, Bishop Leo McCartie of Northampton celebrated a service of thanksgiving for the life of Leonard Cheshire at Stowe School, Buckingham, On Monday, Bishop Joseph Grey of Shrewsbury blesses and opens a new extension at St Thomas More High School, Crewe.

On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood, leads a Churches Housing Coalition Lobby to Parliament, and Bishop Crisplan Hollis of Portsmouth attends a Churches Advisory Council on Local Broadcasting meeting in London, while Bishop Charles Henderson, auxiliary in Southwark, attends the annual general meeting of the Council for Christians and Jews.

On Wednesday, Bishop Patrick Kelly of Salford blesses and opens a new technology centre and St Bede's College, Manchester.

On Thursday, Bishops David Konstant of Leeds and Vincent Malone, auxiliary in Liverpool, attend a meeting of the Catholic Education Service in London, while Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville of Birmingham dedicates the Chapel at Brinsford Prison, while Bishop Kevin O'Brien, auxiliary in Middlesbrough attends a lecture at Hull University.

Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster receives an honorary degree at the University of Surrey on Friday, having visited Rome earlier in the week. Returning from trips to Rome are Bishop John Jukes, auxiliary in Southwark, who is attending a meeting of the European bishops' Pontifical Council for Families, and Bishop John Brewer of Lancaster, visiting the English Colleges.

Next weekend, Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark celebrates Mass with Knights of the Holy Sepulchre at St George's Cathedral, while Bishop Vincent Nichols, auxiliary in Westminster gives a retreat day for religious at Damascus House and Bishop Howard Tripp, auxiliary in Southwark, celebrates a Youth Mass at St George's Cathedral.

Earlier in the week, Archbishop Bowen is confirming in Colliers Wood and Wallington. Also confirming are, Bishop Konstant at Dewsbury, Leeds and Hazlewood, Bishop Walmsley at Mayfield College, Bishop John Rawsthorne, auxiliary in Liverpool, in Mawdesley, Tarleton, Langton, Penwortham, and Bishop Eton, Bishops Terence Brain and Philip Pargeter, auxiliaries in Birmingham, respectively at Stone and Habberley, and at Great Barr, Sutton Coldfield, Four Oaks and Stoke.

Elsewhere, Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia attends the Ffilmiau Elidir at Cyfarfod on Thursday.


BORN in Manchester in 1912, Fr John Banks was educated at St Bede's College before going on to the Holy Ghost Fathers' Missionary College in Grangeover-Sands.

He was ordained in 1937 and first went to work in Sierra Leone, where he stayed until 1944. A memory of the time was that he once offered accommodation to Graham Greene, and for some time afterwards used to receive parcels of books which he presumed came from Greene.

Returning to England, Fr Banks raised funds across the country for priestly work in the Third World and recruiting young men to the order. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 1987. He

retired to the Alexian Brothers Nursing Home in Manchester where he died on 17 November.

He is survived by his brothers Alberic, a Cistercian monk at Mount St Bernard Abbey. Fr Ernest, a priest of the Salford diocese, and his sister Gertrude, a Little Sister of the Poor.

FR BRENDAN Fox AA died at Nazareth House, Finchley, on 18 November at the age of 92.

Born, in Outerard, Co Galway, Fr Brendan joined the Assumptionists in 1925 and completeed his studies in Belgium. He was ordained in 1932 and taught in France and was then named bursar at the Assumptionist novitiate in Normandy.

During the Second World War he was an army chaplain, serving in Greece and then on hospital ships off Australia and New Zealand and later the Middle East. After demobilisation, he served at Newhaven, Nottingham, and then in 1949 became parish priest in Hichen and subsequently at Ricicmansworth and Brockley. .

Despite poor hearing, he continued active work at Bartonin-the-Clay, Bethnal Green, eventually retiring in 1984.

CANON William Raftery died on 17 November. He was 92.

Born in Swinton in September 1900, he was educated at St Mary's, Swinton, and worked as a clerk in Manchester before attending Campion House, Osterley, St Bernadine's College, Buckingham and Grand Seminaire at Amiens, France.

After ordination at Lancaster Cathedral in May 1929, he served in St Joseph's, Preston, Our Lady's. Carlisle, and St Kentigern's, Blackpool. In 1940, he became parish priest of St Wulstan's, Fleetwood, where he served until retirement in 1973. He lived in retirement at St Mary's Nursing Home, Moston, Manchester. His requiem mass was at St Wulstan's last Monday.

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