A course of religious instruction for adults is being launched later this month under the title, "Christianity in Islington". The programme of 10 talks and discussions has been organised by the Holloway Adult Education Institute, in conjunction with the Westminster Adult Religious Education Centre, The first class will be held on Thursday. September 21. at the Ringcross School, Eden Grove, London, Ni, starting at 7.30pm.
A two-day ecumenical conference called Christian Spirituality Today, takes place on Saturdays, September 16 and 23, at the Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre. The conference is sponsored by the Atonement Friars, of 47 Francis Street, SW I, to whom applications should be made, Mrs Joan Hunt flew out to Cameroon yesterday to spend a year reaching on a mission school under the auspices of the Volunteer Missionary Movement. Mrs Hunt is headmistress of. a primary school in Hertford and has been given a year's leave in which she said she wanted to do "something useful." She has just completed a five week course run by 'MM at London Colney. where she learned about missionary work and met past volunteers.
Used stamps, trading stamps and cigarette coupons arc wanted to help with the work of a number of religious orders. including the Franciscan Convent at Broughton Hall, Eccleshall, Stafford and the Holy Rosary Sisters at Bridgwater, Somerset, and Killeshandra, Co Cavan, Eire. They should be sent to Frances Johnson, 4 Field Walk. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
A one-day conference on euthanasia is to be held in Newcastle upon Tyne on October 7. It has been organised by the Quakers' Social Responsibility Council committee on care for the elderly. The main speaker will be Clare Norton. Anyone interested in attending should write immediately for details to Peter Norris. SRC, Friends' House, Euston Road, London, NW!, as places are limited.
Places are still available at the annual conference of the Shaftesbury Project overseas aid and development study group, to be held next Friday and Saturday at Dartmouth House, London. SE10. Speakers will include the Rev Jim Punton. on "The Role of the Church in World Development", and Mr Ian Davis, an architect and advisor to the UN disaster relief organisation, on "Christians in the Third World". Those interested should telephone Jill Young 870 7355 by Wednesday to book. The cost is V, Over 300 people gathered at Mount St Mary's College, Spinkhill, Sheffield. last week, in an attempt to help mentally handicapped people and their families to deepen their life of faith. This is the first venture of its kind ever to take place on this scale in the British Isles. Mrs Edith Mabel Stephen, of Hartington Place, Eastbourne, who died in May, left 153,094 gross, £52,832 net. She left £500 to the Little Sisters of the Assumption, 133 Lancaster Road. Notting Hill, London, Wit.
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Shirley Augustus (above) who has been the Public Relations Officer for the Invalid Children's Aid Association for six years. will leave to become head of publicity for the Girl Guides Association in October. She is a graduate of Keele University and has previously worked for two other voluntary organisations, the Society el St Vincent de Paul and the National Elfrida Rathbone Society (for the educationally handicapped). She is a Catholic.
Saint Aloysius, in Somers Town, is holding a Parish Mission from September 10-24. The speakers are Father John Maloney and Father Kieran Kettleton of the Catholic Missionary Society. During the Mission fortnight there will be an exhibition of art by the Benedictine nuns of the Regina Pads Convent, Cockfosters, Church leaders, politicians and representatives of Asian and West Indian communities will speak at a rally on Sunday organised by the Joint Committee against Racialism. It is due to start at 2.30 pm in Trafalgar Square, when Michael Foot. David Steel and Hugh Rossi, Front Bench politicians from the three major parties, will join Bishop Newbiggin, Moderator of the United Reform Church, Rabbi Sacks of the Golders Green Synagogue, and a representative of the Catholic Church on the platform.
The recent General Chapter of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, held in Seattle, was attended by a number of sisters from Britain. Sister Patricia Lynch was elected to a six year term as Sister President. Sister Patricia, a native of Co Kerry. was formerly Provincial of the New Jersey Province.
Fr Hugh Lavery. of the Upholland Northern Institute, will be giving Four talks under the general title "The Church and Its Mission", in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, next week. They are to be held at Our Lady's and St Bede's Comprehensive School, Bishopton Road West, from Monday to Thursday at 730pm. This is the beginning of a series arranged by the Adult Christian Formation Group of the Pastoral Council. Mrs Judith Hart. Minister for Overseas Development, spoke on -Aid and Human Rights" at a meeting organised by the National Council of Social Service at the Bloomsbury Centre Hotel on Tuesday, The meeting was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is one of the events organised by the Human Rights Network. a grouping of voluntary organisations active in the field which is co-ordinated by the NCSS.
Fr William Mitchell (above) or "Fr Billie" as he is affectionately known to his friends in St Bernadette's parish. flew to Rome last Wednesday to take up his new position as Rector of the Beds College — the training college for late vocations. Last week the parish of St Bernadette's, Whitchurch, Bristol, gave Fr Mitchell, 42 a great send-off party and presented him with a cheque and a leather suitcase.
and religious will attend a conference
More than 220 lay people, priests
next week entitled "Laity and Mission" at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, from Friday to Sunday. The Chaplain to the World Movement of Christian Workers, Fr Jean Marie Leuwers, will attend. Speakers will include Patrick Keegan, KSG, general secretary of Family and Social Action: Dr Jack Dominian, director of UK Marriage Research Centre; Maurice Foley. deputy director general for Aid and Development Commission of the Eurropean Community; and Michael Foley, Education and Development Officer of FSA. Archbishop Warlock will celebrate the main conference Mass on Sunday, and will preach on "The Lay person and Evangelisation".
A jumble sale is to be held tomorrow in the parish centre of St Joseph's. Highgate, North London, starting at 230 pm. The sale is being organised by the Union of Catholic Mothers, • Plans are now being made for the annual dinner dance of the London Fermoy Association, due to take place at the Clarendon Hotel, Hammersmith, on November 24. Bishop David Konstant, Auxiliary of Westminster arid patron of the association. will be the guest of honour. Tickets are 16 and details are available from Mike Cronin on 01328 4950. The first Mass since 1536 was celebrated at Norton Priory, Cheshire at 3 pm last Sunday, when Bishop Brewer, Auxiliary of Shrewsbury, will concelebrate with seven local priests. It was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1134, but was closed during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. In 1971, excavation revealed the site of the Priory Church. and it is within the remnants of its walls that the Mass will be celebrated.
Community will be the theme of a Christiam Life Movement conference "Contact '79" to be held at All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney, Hertfordshire, from December 28 to January 1. Details from CLM, 120 West Heath Road, London, NW3.
"Love in the Sixties" is the theme or a training day at S( Francis Xavier College, Liverpool, on October 1. Details from Gad Higgins, 67 Vetch Hey, Liverpool.
A 900 mile sponsored walk is being undertaken on behalf of the British Diabetic A ssocistion Children's Fund by a merchant seaman from Colchester. Roy Pearce left John O'Groats on Wednesday and hopes to reach Land's End in 32 days.
The Nun Appleton Fellowship is holding a one-day conference on Yoga and Christianity on Saturday, October 14. The speaker will be Fr Herbert Slade, leader of Anchorhold, a centre to develop prayer, meditation and physical movement as part of a search for richer spiritually. Details from the Rev K. Bailes, The Nun Appleton Fellowship, Nun Appleton, York.
A group of boys and girls led by Fr Anthony Baxter, headmaster of Ratcliffe College, Syston, Leicester, and Br Geoffrey Archer, a member of the Rosrninian community at Wonersh in Surrey, recently spent 10 days working among the sick at Lourdes and helping with the South Wales diocesan pilgrimage from Cardiff.
A reception and presentation to Canon John Longstaff is to be held at the Challoner Club in Pont Street, London, SW I. on Sunday, September 24. Canon LongstafT is parish priest of St Mary's, Cadogan Street. and parishioners are gathering at the club to mark the 40th anniversary of his ordination. The reception starts at S pm.
Aid to the Church in Need is organising the first open conference on the Persecuted Church to be held in Britain. The conference, called "Communism and Christianity Today and Tomorrow", takes place on October 27 to 29 at the Upholland Northern Institute, Skelmersdale, Lancashire. fhe aim is to publicise the present day confrontation of the Faith with militant Communism in the countries behind the Iron Curtain and in the Third World countries.