The 30 candidates for ordination at Olympia on Sunday, July 12, are all members of St. Joseph's Missionary Society, Mill Hill, the only society of missionary priests founded in England by an Englishman.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, founder of the society, builder and architect of Westminster Cathedral.
The ordination of such a number of missionary priests, members of England's own society for the foreign missions, is a fitting climax to the Vocations Exhibition in Lond n n, which will, it is hoped, attract many vocations. not only to orders and congregations, but also to the secular clergy.
Those who will be ordained are of different nationalities, illustrating Cardinal Vaughan's own dictum that "It does not matter who does the work as long as the work is done."
There are 13 from Holland, representing every diocese in that country, 12 from Great Britain and Ireland, and five from the Tyrol. All have been united in Mill Hill for their period of probation and theological studies.
As soon as possible after the ordination they will receive their appointments from the SuperiorGeneral. Although the number is apparently great, it will satisfy only 50 per cent. of the needs of the missions entrusted to the Mill Hill Fathers.
In the autumn. 30 missionaries will depart from Mill Hill for East. West and Central Africa, the Sudan, Pakistan, Borneo, Sarawak, the Philippine Islands and New Zealand.