BY A STAFF REPORTER
HOLLAND, the enfant terrible of Catholicism, has just won 30 new converts from Britain. The convertsCatholic students from British universities-returned to London on Monday from a weeklong conference on "The Liturgy and Unity" at Noordwijk.
Led by Fr. Cohn Barker, chaplain at Bradford University, they joined other students from Holland and Ireland in experimental liturgy, discussion groups and special student Masses at Utrecht and Amsterdam.
Their general reaction can best be expressed in the words of John Low, reading modem languages at Cambridge: "It's been the most vital experience I've ever had."
Or as Frank Gibson, of London University, put it: "We went to Holland mostly out of curiosity. But once there, we became so involved, we were changed completely."
Reporting on the inner-renewal of the Church, Anthony Harvey, reading classics at King's College, London, said: "Coming home to England is a
real crunch. The Dutch liturgy is reverent, spontaneous . . . We'd like the same to develop here, but I'm afraid the Bishops would clamp down on "In Holland there are both progressive and conservative bishops. But all of them allow this fantastic experimentation."
Surrounded by all this enthusiasm at Noordwijk the British Dominican, Fr. Laurence Bright, seized the opportunity to warn the gathering of the dangers of concentrating too much on liturgical forms to the exclusion of the central Christian task of dedication to the world, "The liturgy should be the spark of a Christian's outgoing." he said.
Not that the group needed any reminder from Fr. Bright. They saw living examples and heard reports from Fr. Harry Hass. S.J., of how spontaneous liturgy is prompting Dutch students to carry out all kinds of social and charitable work.
The British group, when they arrived in London, were still so fired with enthusiasm, they were making plans to help schemes like "Shelter" and the Simon Community and to bring more life into their chaplaincy liturgy.
"The difference between the Catholic student-life of the Church in Holland and Britain bears no comparison," added John Low.
Extra classrooms, at Stonyhurst
STONYHURST COLLEGE has opened the autumn term with about 500 boys, 30 of whom were at Beaumont last year. If the St. Mary's Hall and Hodder numbers are added the total is more than 700.
Twelve sixth-floor classrooms which have been built over the recent laboratory extensions have come into use, enabling sixth-form teaching to be concentrated in one area. A number of rooms scattered about the new quad and older buildings have consequently been freed for sleeping and study accommodation.
Fruit traders' festival
MGR. T. G. McKENNA, Administrator of the new Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, led prayers at the 14th harvest festival service organised by the Fruit Trades Association in the city's Anglican cathedral on Wednesday. He was the first Catholic priest to take part in this service.
The service, attended by civic heads of the city and surrounding towns, was conducted by Liverpool's Rector, Canon C. Edwyn Young, and the Rev. C. M. McKee, president of Merseyside Free Church Federal Council, also took part. Afterwards fruit and vegetables were distributed to many Merseyside charities.
Marist Brothers' new head
BRO. BASILIO RUEDA, of Mexico, has been elected Superior General of the 10,000member Marist Brothers order in succession to Bro. Charles Raphael, of Belgium, who has completed his normal nineyear term. Bro. Rueda, 42 has for the past two and a half years been Director of the order's International House of Studies in Escorial, Spain.
Clergy trained in radio speaking
„A.THREE-DAY course in broadcasting was given to some 60 clergy and laity of various denominations last week by a Catholic and a Methodist Fr. Agnellus Andrew and the Rev. Eric Blennerhasset-in the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
It was designed to train speakers as a prelude to the opening in November of the BBC's local radio station on Merseyside, which will (like other local stations) provide religious broadcasts as well as pop and other music.
Fr. Andrew is head of the BBC's Catholic TV and radio training centre at Hatch End. Middlesex.