BISHOP Alan Clark of East Anglia leads the pilgrimage for the sick to Walsingham on Sunday, whilst on the following day Bishop Augustine Harris of Middlesbrough attends a Lourdes co-ordinating committee meeting.
Tuesday sees several of the bishops occupied with education matters at every level, beginning at tertiary level with Bishop Crlspian Hollis of Portsmouth, who is present at the inauguration of the new University of Portsmouth. Meanwhile, Bishop Leo McCartie of Northampton is presenting RE certificates to sixth formers at St Bernard's Convent in Slough, and Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia celebrates Mass for new entrants at Bishop Vaughan School, Swansea. Further down the educational ladder still, Bishop John Jukes, area bishop in Kent, is in Thanet at a discussion of the new RE programme for primary schools, "Here I Am".
Also on Tuesday, Bishop John Brewer of Lancaster attends a ceremony at Lancaster University during which his predecessor, Bishop Brian Foley, is awarded an Honorary Degree of Letters. The same evening Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool celebrates Mass to inaugurate the Cause of Canonisation of Ignatius Spencer CP at Sutton Monastery.
Liverpool's auxiliary bishops
attend a standing committee meeting of the city's ecumenical body, MARCEA, on Thursday. One of them, Bishop Vincent Malone. will have started his week marking the 150th anniversary of St Oswald's, Old Swan.
Also on Thursday, Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood interviews candidates for the Permanent Diaconate at Cathedral House.
Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton attends his diocesan retreat at Downside Abbey all week, whilst on Saturday Bishop James O'Brien, auxiliary in Westminster attends the Herts County Council Garden Party and Bishops Philip Pargeter, auxiliary in Birmingham and Howard Tripp, auxiliary in Southwark, attend the CARD assembly at St Philip's Sixth Form College in Birmingham.
THE AGM of the Movement of Christian Workers is to take place from July 3-5 at the Wirral Christian Conference Centre. Details on 081-458 7485.
COLOURFUL floats and pomp and ceremony attend the annual Procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday July 19. The event, which has been in existence for over 100 years, is organised by St Peter's Italian Church in Clerkenwell Road,
London. Details of the event from V Heissl on 071-278 9402.
"GENDER issues in Spirituality" is the title of an inter-faith weekend conference at Westminster College in Oxford from August 28-30 organised by the Alister Hardy Research Centre. Fr Richard Woods OP, a Dominican Doctor of Philosophy, will lead a workshop on masculine and feminine spirituality. Details from the Alister Hardy Research Centre, Westminster College, Oxford OX2 9AT.
FR Joseph Colbert MSC, a priest and teacher of classics, has died suddenly at the age of 70.
Fr Colbert entered the novitiate of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Gerdigen in Belgium, but went on to study theology at Moyne Park in Co Galway, Ireland, and was ordained there in 1938.
From then until 1959 he taught at the newly-established Sacred Heart College in Co Cork. He was appointed classics master in 1951. He then served as provincial bursar, conducting numerous parish missions and retreats.
Fr Colbert was for a time bursar to St Bede's College, Leamington Spa, and latterly was parish priest at St John's, Tamworth.