LONDON BRIDGE IS BUILDING . .
AS the result of initiative on the part of the White Fathers and the Society of Jesus, a house has been opened in London where laymen from overseas will reside for a few months in order to acquaint themselves with various aspects of Catholic fife in this country.
The foundation of Claver
House comes at a time when young Catholics from this country are going overseas to give their services to their fellow Catholics in the underdeveloped countries. It has been thought a good plan to make the traffic a two-way one; and to invite to this country Catholic laymen from overseas who will meet their fellow Catholics in England and learn something of their way of life.
For this reason, stress is laid at Claver House on contacts with individual Catholics and families and with 'representatives of various Catholic organizations.
Informal discussions and conferences are held with the same end in view.
Just as the young lay missionary from this country can learn a great deal from the country of his adoption, so it is hoped that the young laymen from overseas who come to Claver House will learn much from their experience of Catholic life in Britain.
In this way, understanding will grow on both sides and a bridge will be built between Catholics in this country and the Englishspeaking missionary lands.
Fr. Paul Crane. S.J., is now residing at Claver House to assist this work. (The address is 65, Belgrave Road, S.W.1). During the past few years he has travelled in the underdeveloped countries and tried to learn something of their problems.
With him is Fr. C. M. Keane, S.J., who is concerned with the administration and temporal welfare of the house.
The first 12 guests arrived three weeks ago. The time since has been busily spent settling in. learning something of London and making contact with Catholic life. Already, the community at Claver House is a very happy one.