meet the boat
THE new term is about to begin at Universities and Technical Colleges throughout the country.
Thousands of students arc " going up". many of them for the first time and there is the usual scramble for rooms either in College or " digs " in the town.
This time of year is a bti time too for Mgr. John Coonan. S.T.L., and his helpers at the Catholic Students International Chaplaincy at Holland Park. London.
Students graduating from Public and Grammar schools in this country have their problems on entering University life but they haven't to undergo the immense amount of acclimatisation which falls to the lot of the overseas students.
OF the 2,000 new students expected from abroad this year about 14 per cent. will he
Catholic, Mgr. Coonan tells me.
Mgr Coonan endeavours to meet all those arriving by boat or plane if he has received advice from his contacts in their country of origin.
All those known to be Catholics receive a letter and literature explaining something of the Church's history in this country and hoe. although reserved in approach, an Englishman does not intend to he unfriendly. This is important since many students miss the companionship which they enjoy in their own country and cannot understand the silence which they frequently encounter.
THE Catholic Students international Centre at Holland
Park is a large house bought with money provided by the late Cardinal Griffin and Propaganda Fides, through the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. and opened by the Cardinal in July. 1955.
It is the National Centre for the 4,000 Catholic students at present in this country. 2,000 of these arc in London so the Centre is always busy with students enjoying their recreation with compatriots or using the premises for studying.
The Chaplaincy also organises discussions, talks, socials. hospitality, lodgings and days of recollection for the students.
THERE is accommodation for approximately 20 students as csidents most of whom are permanent and enjoy the privacy of their own rooms which they keep extremely tidily—according to the housekeeper !