By a Staff Reporter
A N old London Regency house, Bourne House, near Park, was opened and blessed on Tuesday evening as Chaplaincy centre for the 2400 Catholic students of University. Regent's the new London destroyed in the air raids.
Deputising for Cardinal Griffin, Bishop Myers formally opened the house. It was blessed by Bishop Craven, " parish priest " of the centre.
Present too were Mgr, Cowderoy. Bishop of Southwark. and Mgr. Beek, Bishop of Brentwood.
The main function of Bourne House is to provide a spiritual and cultural centre for all Catholics in ihe University of London, particularly for those from overseas.
It will coordinate the activities of the various Catholic societies in the colleges of the university.
It has the appearance of a Colnfortable private residence. The students can chat and read in the common room. make their devotions in the chapel. listen to lectures or hold discussions in the lecture room and take refreshments in the canteen.
There are two chaplains in permanent residence, Mgr. Kerr McClement and Fr. Gordon Wheeler, Lectures and courses will be given at the centre. Activities, hawever, will for the most part be left to the students to organise themselves. Membership is free, she only qualification being that members should be Catholics and studying or teaching .at one of the colleges or at the Inns of Court,
Furnishing and redecorating cost over £8,000 and it is estimated that it will need about 12,000 a year to maintain.
Prof. Temple, of King's College, at the opening ceremony remarked on the special problems of Catholic students in the University, owing to their numbers and their being dispersed over an extremely wide area.
Bishop Myers assured the gathering of Cardinal Griffin's deep interest in the project.
His Eminence, he said, would certainly derive great pleasure from the opening; especially in view of the fact that less than a fortnight earlier the Cardinal himself had opened More House, the new hall of residence for women students.