A YOUNG Australian .4-A. teacher at a school camp in Scotland who spent his £1,200 savings to make a film story of Lourdes has heard that his 25-minute documentary may be screened throughout the world.
Brian Benson, 26, a teacher at Dounan's Camp, Aberfoyle, Perthshire, made three trips to Lourdes over 18 months to shoot enough 16 mm colour film to start cutting and editing. Then he got Michael Aspel, a non-Catholic BBC announcer, to record a commentary.
Fr. Brendan Murphy, chairman of the Scottish Catholic Film Institute, said after seeing the premiere in Glasgow recently: "The entire job is so workmanlike and objective that we have contacted the Rank Organisation with a view
to having it distributed through their documentary library."
Mr. Benson said: "Although I am a Catholic, my intention from the start was to make a documentary with no religious leaning. I think we have succeeded in leaving the question of miracles wide open. I had wonderful help from priests at Lourdes, who realised many people in Australia would never have a chance to see the place."
FILM MEN HONOURED.Mr. A. L. Janssens and Mr. E. Hagger have been presented with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pondfice for their work for the Catholic Film Institute at the Knights of St. Columba Club in London. The presentations were made by Bishop Casey, Auxiliary in Westminster.
TEACHING DISPLAY. A display of books.and visual aids on teaching religion, for parents, teachers and catechists, is touring schools in the Westminster diocese for the next nine or 10 months. It will be open every evening from 5 to 9 o'clock except on Sundays, running at each school for two weeks. It is being backed by a group of Catholic publishers and the audio-visual aids section of the National Catechetical Centre.
SHOW INTO BOOK.-The exhibition arranged by Cockfosters parish, "The Church in the Modern World", which has appeared in various parts of the country, is to go into book form. Dom Edmund Jones, 0.S.B., the parish priest, hopes that it will be published this year.
BARD AS PRESIDENT. Mr. Saunders Lewis, a Catholic, has become president of the Web Language Society. He is Lecturer in Welsh Literature at Cardiff, and a chaired and crowned bard and dramatist. He has translated several Latin hymns into Welsh.
EDUCATION TALKS-Archbishop Beck of Liverpool, chairman of the Catholic Education Council, will speak on "The Church" at the first national conference on religious education at De La Salle College, Hopwood Hall, Manchester, during Low Week (April 20 to 23). About 200 teachers are expected to attend the conference, organised by the Catholic Teachers' Federation.