FR. PETER NELSON of Galashiels has been appointed chaplain to the English speaking members of the Ad Lucem Association's world headquarters in Paris. He is the first priest from Britain to receive a full-time appointment to the centre.
Ad Lucem, which has 60 members in England and Scotland. sends laymen and women with professional skills to work in underdeveloped countries. More than 20 have been sent from Britain in the past six years. The movement began in France in 1932, and has 500 members throughout the world.
Old friends meet The Catholic Social Guild's annual summer school in Manchester last week, brought together two old friends, Fr. Leo Mica, first O'Hea visited M r. Kay, who has still kept up his membership of the Guild although now confined to the house, at his home in Lower Broughton. Salford (see picture above). They first met at the first Catholic Social Guild summer school at Oxford in 1922.
Polish reunion More than 400 members of the Polish Home Army Ex-Servicemett's Association are holding a reunion on September 12-13 at Fawley Court, Henlev-on-Thames, to commemorate the 20th anniver
sary of the Warsaw Rising. • An exhibition is being arranged illustrating the work of the civil and military branches of the Polish underground during the war, and a play made up of short sketches showing life in the underground movement, including dances and songs of the partisans, is being staged.
Harlow church protest
A dozen residents in Upper Park, Harlow New Town. Essex, have written to the town's development corporation protesting about a Catholic church now taking shape there. It is still only a big. triangular steel skeleton; but Mr. Bernard Hill. one of the protesters. says: "It has an overbearing and oppressive effect on all the houses in its inottetlinte vicinity."
Mr. Jack Hand. the corporation's information officer, said: "Before the corporation approved the drawings it obtained advice from experts trained to judge objectively. They considered the church would be an inspiring building."
A Family Housing Association has been formed at Banbury, Oxfordshire. under the chairmanship of the parish priest, Fr. Patrick W. Corrigan. It is buying houses for conversion into flats, to he used as temporary accommodation for young couples wailing to buy their own homes.
New Cumberland school
In the past two years, 15 new Catholic schools have opened in the diocese of Lancaster with the result that 90 per cent of Catholic children in the diocese are now in Catholic schools, The latest to be opened in the area is a new primary school at Egremont. Cumberland, which was blessed by Bishop Foley. The school will be partly taught by Sisters of Mercy from Wigton.
Valladolid bound Fr. Michael Ryan, parish priest of St. David's, 1 owyn. Merioneth, has been named vice-rector of the English College at Valladolid. He will take up the appointment in September.
£52,000 appeal Bishop Parker of Northampton and Fr. Michael Kennedy of Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda, Newmarket, have launched an appeal for £52,000 to build a Itch' church at Newmarket. Bishop Parker blessed the foundation stone yesterday, and work will start soon. The appeal is directed to all Catholics and to "all supporters of the turf''.
The day before his 75th birthday, Bishop Brunner, of Middlesbrough, last week blessed the chapel at St. John of God's Hospital, Scorton, North Yorkshire, which had been renovated at a cost of £12,000. Two days later his coadjutor, Bishop Gordon Wheeler, performed the hour-long ceremony of consecrating the. two altars.
The chapel includes a soundproof room at the back for mothers and children. The high altar is set in the middle of the sanctuary so that Mass can be celebrated facing the people if necessary.
Abbey church window
More than the £125 needed for a stained-glass window for the new Abbey Church at Bodmin has been raised in annual collections during the past three years at St. Ives Catholic Church. It is the third big window in the church designed and made by Dom Charles Norris, of Buckfast Abbey.
The dedication of the Plymouth branch of the Catholic Women's League to Our Blessed Lady. by Bishop Restieaux of Plymouth. was attended by over 300 C.W.L. members from all parts .of the diocese. After dialogue Mass the bishop blessed medals which were distributed to all present.
M.P. talks to nuns Politics invaded the seclusion of a community of enclosed nuns last weekend when Mr. John Tilney, Conservative M.P. for the Wavertree division of Liverpool, addressed the Sisters of, Our Lady of the Cenacte, LiverPool. about the current political situation. Later he answered questions prepared by the sisters and presented by the Mother Superior.
The meeting, the first of its kind in Liverpool. was presided over by a Catholic, Col, H. G. McClellan. Information about arrangements for the general election was given by Councillor Leslie Caldwell.
Banbury face-lift Holy Trinity Church and presbytery at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, built in 1834, have become badly affected by dry rot, and are to be restored at a cost of £20,000. The tower is to be rebuilt and the external fabric is to undergo a face-lift.
A church at last At Beddington Park. Surrey. Catholics have moved into the first part of a new £40,000 church building. The move comes after 10 years of conducting services in rented farm buildings.