al GR. Wt)RLOCK CATHOLIC HERALD REPORTERS TWO new Bishops were appointed in Britain this week.
One, Mgr. Derek Worlock, parish priest of St. Mary and St. Michael, Commercial Road, Fast London, fills the vacant See of Portsmouth. The other is a new appointment and brings Fr. Langton Fox. rector of Wonersh seminary, Guildford, Surrey, to Menevia (the northern part of Wales) as auxiliary to Bishop Petit.
The appointments leave only one vacancy to be filled. The See of Leeds is vacant since Bishop Dwyer was translated to Birmingham as Archbishop two weeks ago.
Mgr. Derek Worlock. 45, was appointed private secretary to Cardinal Griffin just one year after he was ordained. Before then he was a curate at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington High Street.
He was senior secretary for Cardinal Griffin until he died in 1956, then for Cardinal Godfrey and then for Archbishop Heenan. When the Vatican Council opened. he became chief secretary for the British Bishops in Rome.
In May, 1964, he was named parish priest at St. Mary and St. Michael's Commercial Road. East London, and rural dean of the St. Alphonsus chapter.
Because of his long experience as secretary for the Hierarchy, however, he kept an office at Archhishop's House, Westminster, and continued travelling to Rome for Council sessions.
Early this year he wrote a diary of the Third Session of the Council called English Bishops at the Council.
But he has not neglected his new parish. Soon after going there he became known throughout the Archdiocese for putting liturgical reforms into practice. Under him the work of various parish societies was co-ordinated, and seven Family and Social Action groups were set up. The members have taken on responsibility for parish youth work and for helping old people. Last week the societies got together to give a dinner for 103 old-age pensioners.
Mgr, Worlock has also organised
regular meetings all the parish priests in the borough of Tower Hamlets. and they are planning various ways they can co-operate in Inter-parish projects.
Soon after arriving at Commercial Road, he also joined the Stepney Fraternal, an organisation of local clergy, and he has kept up close contacts with Anglican and Protestant ministers and with Jewish rabbis.
One of his curates, Fr, Louis Marteau, told the CATHOLIC HERALD this week: "The parish will
he very sorry to lose him, but as a Bishop I think he will be a man of the people and of the clergy " MAYNOOTH DOCTORATE
Just over six weeks after taking tip his new post as Rector of Wonersh seminary, 48-year-old Fr. Langton Fox has been appointed auxiliary to Bishop Petit of Menevia, as titular Bishop of Matins.
He was ordained at Wonersh in 1942 and thereupon joined the teaching staff. He then spent a year at Maynoodi, the national Irish seminary and became the first Englishman to take a doctorate of theology there. On his return he spent ten years teaching at Wonersh and joined the Catholic Missionary Society in 1955 for four years, one of which was spent helping at the Catholic Enquiry Centre. He also spoke on Catholic Evidence Guild platforms at Hyde Park and Clapham Common.
In 1959 he became parish priest at St. Richard's, Chichester, where he remained until September 12 this year when he left to become Rector of Wenersh.
His recreations are walking and dinghy sailing. During his preaching up and down the country he has fostered a devotion to the Holy Shroud Fr. Fox was one of the Catholic theologians who took part in the Anglican-Catholic discussions at Roehampton this summer.
He will be the first auxiliary Bishop in the history of the Menevia diocese wh'eh was created in 1898. The 1965 Catholic Directory lists Menevia as having a Catholic population of 33.000 with 145 churches and chapels and 205 priests, 91 secular and 114 regulars,