Fr. E. Callan, O.M.I.
PROVINCIAL OF OBLATES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA We regret to announce the death at Colwyn Bay of Fr. Eugene Callan, 0.1\1.I. Fr. Callan was born in Ireland in 1.86S, and did his early studies for the priesthood at the Oblate College in Kilburn! London, and his higher lap, Belgium.
After his ordination he was sent On the staff at Belcamp, Dublin. Thence he went successively to Holy Cross, Liverpool, St. Anne's, Rock Ferry, and Mount St. Mary's, Leeds.
He was for several years Superior of St. Mary's, Star of the Sea, Leith, where he made extensive alterations in the church and schools. He went afterwards as Superior to St. Kevin's, Gleneree. He was sent as Provincial to Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1812. He returned in 1926, and eince then he was stationed at St. Josephs, Colwyn Bay. His zeal and his geniality will be long held in pious remembrance.
Early in 1929 he had a very serious attack of bronchial pneumonia, and though he got over it the complications that had set in had left their mark. Towards the middle of January he had a very +serious' relapse, and fortified by the ritge of Holy Church he died on January 24.
The funeral at Bronynant followed a Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Joseph's.
On Thursday. January 25, a meeting of the Westminster Archdiocesan Council of the C.Y,M.S, was held at the Presbytery of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, W.10.
The Rev. F. Holland, 0.S.C., took the chair for the election of the officers, but it was decided that the present officers. Messrs. C. Quinn (president), J. E. Salt (treasurer) and Ralph Manners (hon. secretary) should be invited to carry on for 1940.
Mr A. Waldron, president of the North Western District Council, was elected to the vacant vice-presidency.
SERVING MEMBERS CROWD WEEK-END RETREAT From Grail headquarters we hear that the retreat to be given by Fr. Clement Tiger, S.J., Superior at Campion House, Osterley, at the Holy Child Convent, Cavendish Square, was vastly " oversubscribed."
Applications for this retreat were so numerous-including many from members now serving in the various auxiliary services. who had arranged to have special week-end leave for the occasion -that a second retreat has been organised, to be held at the same address from February 17 to 19.
It will be given by the Rev. Bruno Scott-James. For this retreat them are a few vacancies, but Grail members who would like to take part should apply soon.
Soon after the war began the Grail started a. knitting campaign Tor the Forces. Since then, apart from other Work, three parcels have been sent to the Young Christian Workers for their members serving with the Forces, while one parcel-a prelude, it is hoped and Intended, to many more-has been despatched to H.M.S. Edinburgh.
Y.C.G. and Y.C.W., London
The Young' Christian Groups and Young Christian Workers held a very successful half-day of recollection on Sunday, January 28, at which the Rev. E. Langdale, the Ecclesiastic Assistant, gave the instructions.
In spite of the weather there was a very full attendance, and two new Y.C.G. militants were consecrated.
As many members as possible are going to be present in Westminster Cathedral at the dedication of England to Our Lady on February 11.
In place of their annual dinner and dance the Nottingham Circle of the Catenian Association last week met at the County Hotel, Theatre Square, Not tinghem, for a ladies' evening. The guest of honour was the Rev. Dr. E. Ellis, D.D.. Administrator of St. I3arnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham.
During the evening the president of the Circle, Mr Frank Sissons, received and acknowledged a cheque for 25 guineas from the Ladies' Committee for the Children's Fund of the Catenian Association. which pays for the education at Catholic schools and colleges of the children of deceased members of the Association.