CARDINAI. Heenan, Bishop Casey of Brentwood, Bishop Burke, Auxiliary of Salford (Episcopal Promoter in England and Wales of the Apostleship of the Sea) and ten other priests were concelebrants last week at Westminster Cathedral of the Requiem Mass for Peter F. Anson, OCR, KSG, cofounder of the world-Wide Apostleship of the Sea Movement and author of 40 books.
Mgr Denis McGuinness, National Director for England and Wales, and Fr Francis Mullen, Director of the Apostleship of the Sea for Scotland, were among the concelebrants.
Also in the sanctuary were the Abbot of Nashdom (Dom Wilfrid Weston) and Dom Aidan. a monk of Nashdom (and representing the Faith Press). the Rev. Bill Down (Deputy General Secretary, the Missions to Seamen) and the Rev. C. J. Eldridge-Doyle (Chaplain, Port of London).
In a panygyric during the Mass Cardinal Heenan said they had not come there to canonise Peter Anson, as he had not been without his faults, hut were there to carry out the Liturgy and to pray that Brother Peter might receive the reward for all his great work.
Recalling how Frederick Anson had changed his name from Frederick to Peter when he went to Cali:ley, the Cardinal said that this community of Anglican monks had a great affection for the Catholic Church and shortly before the 1914-18 war the Abbot and most of his monks, including Peter, were received into the Church.
They went from there, and Peter accompanied them, to Prinknash, and formed a Catholic community there. But Peter himself was never professed as a Benedictine monk because of his ill-health, which lasted until he was in the middle eighties.
Nevertheless there he was, an Oblate of St Benedict, and a devoted Oblate he was. Ile was trained really to be an architect. Though his knowledge of architecture served him very well in years to come he did not, in fact, take up that profession. He was also a very gifted painter. His works were hung in the Royal Academy.
His great love was the sea, and that was not surprising. He was born in Portsmouth, the son of an Admiral, and he was also descended from that great Admiral, Lord Anson, who was often called the Father of the British Navy.