A LONDON church, built 100
years ago and moved stone by stone to another site 34 years later, celebrates its centenary on June 24. A special reception will he given for the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Cardinale.
This is the church of St. John of Jerusalem, St. John's Wood, built and paid for by Sir George Bowyer and opened by Cardinal Wiseman.
Costing its builder £20,000 the church of St. John ie as a gift to the Sisters of Mercy and was intended for the use of the patients in their Great Ormond Street Hospital, they called St. Elizabeth's.
Sir George had such enthusiasm for the Order of Si. John of Jerusalem that it as his great wish to see it re-established in England.
It was for this reason that the hospital became known as the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth.
There was great lamentation in Bloomsbury when it was decided to sell the existing hospital to the Children's Hospital next door and move to St. John's Wood. It all had a happy ending. The hospital went—into a brand new building. The church went along. too, stone by stone, to its present site.