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spin is working well for Crusade
THIS week 1 had the pleasure of talking to the rector and bursar of the Crusade of the Holy Spirit, Potters Bar, and the procurator general of the Crusade's missions. Not three people, but one the Rev. Maurice Lee.
This remarkable man ,is, at the age of 64, a student,for the priesthood. He hopes to be ordained early next year.
He is a man who enjoys responsibility. He is well qualified for it too. A chartered accountant, he was general manager of British Rail's travel centre in London until he gave up the post in 1968.
He is a man who thrives on work. Even as a mature student he had the job of cleaning forty windows at the seminary every month. And now, in between all his other duties, he is writing an autobiography. which he is calling "Between the Lines."
Although this widower. with a grown-up son and daughter, was a public relations officer for many years, he now cringes at the thought of . personal publicity. He would much rather me tell you about the other mature students the Crusade has in training.
The coal miner from Wales, the building executive, the professor from Copenhagen. not to mention the steelworker, photographer, leather worker. factory hand and schoolteacher.
And there is a waiting list for 1973 for the Crusade, which wits founded six years ago, and has only been officially recognised for two years.
It was begun by Fr. Thomas Walsh. who gave up his post as a parish priest in California to do mission work in the Argentine, and there are three priests ith him out there.
here is also a novice nun, former Potters Bar schoolteacher Eileen O'Neill, he founder member of a sister community they are calling the Messengers of the Holy Spirit. She flew out to the Argentine last month and will he hoping to attract native vocations.
Eileen chose her own habit a white dress and blue cloak with a hood.
The Crusade students are sharing the Spanish Vineentian seminary at Potters liar and are hoping to eventually take it over.
. Fr, Walsh visited the community a few weeks ago and
must have been well pleased with what he saw. It won't he too long now before he is join
ed by more priests and sisters to work among Argentine's poor and under-privileged.
But, come to think of it, with the Holy Spirit as its patron, the Crusade must be assured of success!