DTUTON MANOR, the 77year-old country house which is to be opened as the first seminary of the Society of African Missions in England, by Bishop Beck of Salford, on Saturday, October 10, has just received its first five students.
They are Fred Griffiths, of Brooks Bar, Manchester. and Ken Redfern. of Burnley (both former pupils of St. Bede's College, Manchester); James Afford, a doctor of science, from Exeter; James Foley. of nudes, Co. Tipperary; and Liam Wilcock, of Blackburn.
Coming to Dutton Manor next year will be five students from the society's novitiate in Galway, and another former pupil of St. Bede's College, Manchester — Anthony Reddington, who is at present studying philosophy at Cork University.
Announcing this news, Fr. Michael Walsh, superior in England of the Society of African Missions, appealed at his Manchester headquarters in Anson Road, Rusholme, this week for hooks for the seminary's library. He particularlP wants ones—any age—on any part of Africa.
Dutton Manor, which stands in 35 acres of woodland overlooking the Ribble Valley. three miles from Stonyhurst College, has 35 rooms (the chapel was formerly a billiard room), and is being rented from the Salford Diocesan Rescue Society. It was found after a sixyear-search all over the country. (Twenty country houses and castles —one belonging to the Queen— were inspected.) Fr. Thomas Moran, who has spent 25 years in Nigeria, mainly as principal of St. Gregory's College, Lagos, has been appointed principal, He is from Co. Mayo. The magister spiritus is Fr. John McCreanor, who has been six years in Nigeria.