AYLESFORD Priory in Kent is the venue for celebrations planned throughout July to mark the 750th anniversary this year of the arrival of the Carmelite friars in England. The celebrations will include an exhibition of Carmelite life and history and a congress dealing with Carmelite spirituality.
CARDINAL Basil Hume was on hand to present prizes last week when Westminster Cathedral Choir School concluded its Summer Term with an annual concert in a crowded St John's Smith Square in London. The choristers are to break up after Vespers on Sunday.
AMPLEFORTH School has announced the retirement in December, after 13 years, of Its headmaster, Fr Dominic Milroy OSB. Fr Milroy is currently chairman of the independent schools body, the Headmasters' Conference.
BATS are being counted in belfries throughout England this week. The Bat Conservation Trust has asked clergy in 8,000 ancient churches to take part in a national census as part of its campaign to improve the animal's image.
THE ANGLICAN bishop of Bolton, Dr David Bosner, came to an abrupt halt on his proposed 103-mile fund-raising bicycle ride last week when thieves took off with his bicycle, left outside a Cheshire pub.
LEADING theologian Fr Michael O'Dowd is to address the annual conference of Quest, the Catholic lesbian and gay group, on July 11 in Leeds. Fr O'Dowd will speak about continued attempts to develop a moral theology for the Church which includes lesbian and gay people.
BISHOP James McGuinness blessed the modernised Diocesan Youth Centre, "The Briars", at Crich, Derbyshire, in a special ceremony held this week. The centre was the first live-in youth centre in Britain.
A GARDEN named after the Pope was opened last week by the Duke of Norfolk at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. The garden is a project of ASPIRE, the Association for Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.