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CLIFTON: BISHOP MEFtVYN
Alexander was chief Celebrant at a Mass last week at St Thomas More School in Horfield, Bristol, which marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of the school.
THE ROYAL BATH AND West Showground at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, will provide the backdrop to "Soul Survivor", a discipleship training project for young Christinas aged 18-24, scheduled to take place next summer for two weeks.
LANCASTER: ON 24 November "Churches Together in Lancashire" was inaugurated at St Clare's Catholic church in Preston. The service marked a very important step forward for the churches of Lancashire, according to the County Ecumenical officer, th Rev Donald Parsons.
LIVERPOOL LOYOLA HALt,the Jesuit spirituality centre, is to hold, what is called a "Christian and Gay" weekend on 911 December. Details on 051 426 4137 PORTSMOUTH: THE NINETEEN Nineties Group, which
represent the Catholic Independent School throughout the country, will hold its Annual Conference at St Mary School Ascot on 19 January. The keynote speakers will be Rev Prof Jack Mahoney SJ, Professor of Moral and Social Theology at King's College, University of London, who will speak on "Moral Life in Secular Soci
WESTMINSTER: THE Christmas Concert at Westminster Abbey will be held on 15 December at 7 pm, and will feature the works of Schutz and Praetorius, whose Magnificat and Poychoral Motets for choir and brass ensemble will he sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir. Tickets: £22, £16, L10 in the nave; or £6 unreserved in the side aisles; are available by post only from Concert Secretary, Chapter Office, 20
deun's Yard, London SW11)
WA. Cheques payable to: The Dean and Chapter of Westminster.
MASS FROM Our Lady of Christians Catholic Church, Kentish Road, will be filmed live on all ITV networks on Sunday 4 December. Further details from Fr Pat Browne on 071 485 4023.
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION in China is the subject of a joint report to be launched at a press conference at the House of Commons on 8 December.
The meeting will be chaired by MP Henry Bellingham,
and among the speakers will be Wilfred Wong from the Jubilee campaign.
WREXHAM THE ORDINATION OF the new bishop of Wrexham, Rt Rev Edwin Regan, will take place in Wrexham Cathedral at 12 pm on 13 December.
Mgr William Purdy
DERBY NATIVE William Purdy, who worked in the Vatican for a quarter of a century, has died at the age of 83.
Born in 1911 and educated at St Mary's School, he studied for the priesthood at the English College, in Rome and was ordained for the Nottingham Diocese in 1934. He read History at Christ's College, Cambridge, before teaching at St Edmund's College, Ware, and later at the Nottingham junior seminary, St Hugh's College, Tollerton.
In 1959, Fr Purdy moved to Rome where he taught at the Bede College and became Rome correspondent of The Tablet. In 1966 he joined the staff of the Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity and, in the exciting afterglow of Vadcan 11, became a valued expert on relations with the Church of England and other Christian denominations. In 1%6, he wrote a book on Vatican It-The Church on the Move.
He retired in 1982 and continued to live in Rome, until moving back to Derby last May. His funeral was on 25 November at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover.
Fr Tom McKenna BORN IN GLASGOW in 1923, Tom McKenna served in the Navy in World War 11, taking part in the D-Day landings. After the War, he joined the White Fathers, undertook studies in England, Holland and Scotland, before being ordained In 1957.
He taught in the order's junior seminary before being posted to Uganda to work in several mission posts. He was forced to return home by illness in 1972.
He worked in several UK communities, in particular as a counsellor, although his illness continued to interrupt this work. He died after an emergency operation and his funeral was• held on 15 November at Ealing Abbey.
Fr Martin Kenny
SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN priest• Martin Kenny, who died in October, was parish priest at South Wimbledon for 18 years until illness forced his retirement three years ago. He had also served at Burgess Hill, Stockwell,., Thornton Heath and West Chislehurst.
Educated at St Kieran's College. Kilkenny, and St Patrick's Seminary, Carlcw, he was ordained in 1954. Funeral Masses were celebrated at South Wimbledon and Fr Kenny's native parish of Dallyragget.