T RAVELLING from Westminster Cathedral to Holborn and twice to West London, Cardinal Griffin has, in the past week, spoken to nuns about the Jewish people, opened a chaplaincy for overseas students, told Girl Guides about the Book of Proverbs, and celebrated with the Institute of Charity the centenary of the death of their founder, Antonio Rosmini.
For vacation time, too
SOME 3.000 overseas students in this country-more than half of them in London-now have a
chaplaincy of their own. Last Wednesday Cardinal Griffin offici ally opened and blessed new premises at 41, Holland Park, West London.
Shortly after the war, Mgr. Kerr McClement, returning to this country from Malta, became chaplain to the undergraduates of London University.
When the London University Chaplaincy was opened with Mgr. Wheeler as chaplain, Mgr. McClement was able to give all his time to work for students from other countries, and was appointed first national chaplain.
When he died in 1953 the Cardinal asked Mgr. Coonan to carry. on, making it a priority to find suitable premises.
The reason for the separation, said the Cardinal, " Was not because I desired any separation between different members of the Catholic community in this country, but because the number of overseas students has grown so large that they clearly require premises of their own."
These students in London and others travelling to London also need facilities during Vacation. Mgr. Coonan moved into the new house in October last year but Sc) much had to he done in the way of interior work, decoration. plumbing and wiring and other work that he was " camping out" for a considerable time.
One day when the Cardinal visited the house he found it locked up and no one visible. The next day his letter warning Mgr. Coonan of the visit was returned marked " House Unoccupied."