TWO DUBLIN PRIESTS (6 OTHERS FROM OTHER PARTS OF IRELAND WILL SHORTLY JOIN THEM) HAVE ARRIVED IN ENGLAND TO HELP THEIR COUNTRYMEN HERE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE CHURCH. MEN AND WOMEN CROSS THE IRISH SEA YEARLY AT THE RATE OF 35,000.
From other Catholic countries the Catholic immigration continues, from Italy, Spain : the new Catholics add impressive numbers to the growing Catholic community already established here.
And the Bishops here look about them for priests for the new immigrants. They want priests from the immigrants themselves.
THE POLES HERE, SAYS THE "CATHOLIC DIRECTORY". HAVE 86 CLERGY OF THEIR OWN. THE UKRAINIANS 14. HERE ARE OTHER FIGURES OF FOREIGN PRIESTS: CZECHS: 1. GERMAN: 3. HUNGARIAN: 4. ITALIAN: 10. LATVIAN: 1. LEBANESE: 1. LITHUANIAN: 1. MALTESE: 1. YUGOSLAV: I. And there are others. (These figures have recently.) in some instances increased THESE new Catholics arc prospective Britishers, they or their children anyway. And they come from countries where large families are the rule. Their priests have the difficult task of warning them not to be led astray by the materialism and religious indifferentism of Britain.
The girls among them prove to be efficient nurses in our hospitals, and are cheerful domestic servants too. The men work hard, often harder than the British co-workers who pride themselves on their right to grouse and grumble. Fr. Paul Boland, still a very young man, is one of the new priests from Dublin, and from his headquarters at the London West End church of Warwick Street he will radiate among the hotel staffs, Irish, Italian. whatever nationality he may find. These are the people who pack Warwick Street for Sunday afternoon Mass at four.
Another priest, Fr. Donal O'Scannaill, has started to work among some 800 countrymen in Cumberland. Very shortly six other priests will be arriving to join these two.
As many as 15,000 Spanish girls have arrived here in the last five years. More are coming. men too among them. to staff our hospitals. The Spanish Bishops arc anxious about the situation: they have no priests of their own exercising a roving commission among them. The spiritual problem of the new Hungarians is one of the latest to occupy our Bishops. It may take generations to assimilate these new Catholics within the established Catholic community. Once that is done, the problem of priests is simplified.
"CATHOLIC HERALD" REPORTER IUNDERSTAND that the recent appointment of eight Irish priests to this country is due to the fact that the Irish workers, among whom they will labour. are to be found in remote country sites where considerable building is being undertaken for
It is impossible at times for these men to get to the nearest town for Mass.
Fr. Edward MacElroy. of the Maynooth Mission to China. is in charge of these priests. and will operate from his London headquarters at Ovington Square.
These men may, or may not, stay here. Those who stay may marry here. Have large Catholic families. Their children will pack the churches of the future. the ones already built. the ones to be
built. More schools too in the future
And the promise of Challoner of " A New People" will he fulfilled. Thanks to the priests who now volunteer to come and safeguard the inheritance of the new Catholic immigrants.