hook to see Vocations Exhibition
MORE than 150,000 people, including leaders of nonCatholic Churches, have already arranged to attend the vocations exhibition at Earl's Court next month, Fr. Bernard Slevin, C.S.Sp., organising secretary, announced at a Press conference
Among the events at "Challenge 155"—the biggest show ever staged by the Church in this country, which will run from June 27 to July 4—will be:
A fashion show of religious habits; London's first public concelebration of Mass; Concerts — by church choirs, children's choirs, the junior pipers from The Borough, South London, and African music by White Fathers wearing Arab dress.
Fr. Slevin called the exhibition "a shop window" for religious orders and congregations, 150 of whom will man stalls displaying pictures and mechanical models and giving talks about their work.
He said that many lay societies will also be represented, in an attempt to portray a broad spectrum of the life of the Church in Britain.
Lord Longford told the Press conference that the exhibition would appeal particularly to young people.
"The youth of our time need a challenge to draw the best out of them. The vocations exhibition represents a challenge from the Church, from the Gospel itself, to reassess our spiritual values."
DIRECT CHALLENGE He said he would like to tell the youth of Britain: "Come and look. You will not find salvation at Earl's Court, but you will see people there who are at peace, who work in peace, and live in peace. Then let youth say to itself: 'When I am older, what then?' ".
Earl's Court, he added, was normally associated with events like the Motor Show. "But it is not enough to make material progress if we don't know where we are going. In this eay, this exhibition becomes a direct challenge to us all."
Fr. John Coventry, former provincial of the Jesuit English province, said the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience tended to alienate religious from the world in one sense.
"But in a deeper sense religious are people engaged in and cornmitted to this world."
The Public Morality Council announced this week that it is changing its name to the Social Morality Council.
All the major Christian and Jewish faiths are represented on the council. Its patron is the Archibshop of Canterbury, the president is the Anglican Bishop of London, and the secretary general is Mr. Edward Oliver, a Catholic.