FR. OWEN R. SWEENEY, director of London's Irish Centre since August 1964, returned to the centre last week after a long illness only to tell the monthly meeting of the administrative committee that, on medical advice, the Archbishop of Dublin had decided to recall him from the Emigrant Apostolate.
Aged 40 and ordained in 1 9 5 2, Fr. Sweeney was first released to the Emigrant Apostolate in 1 9 6 0 and served as camp chaplain with Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons in South Wales and the West of England before he succeeded Fr. Tom McNamara at the Irish Centre.
Previously, he had ministered in city and country parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin and as chaplain at University College, Dublin. He will shortly resume parochial work in the suburban parish of Clondalkin, Co. Dublin.
Belmont Abbot resigns
ABBOT MARTIN of Belmont has resigned through ill health and the election of his successor has been arranged to take place shortly before Christmas. He is to take up temporary duties at Haslemere, Surrey.
The Abbot, who is now 55, presided over the Belmont Abbey Centenary Celebrations in 1961 und shortly afterwards inaugurated the development programme which is making Belmont one of the best equipped boarding schools in the country.
He became sixth Abbot of Belmont in 1955 and was reelected for a second term of office in 1963. in 1964 he took up the additional duty of Chaplain to the R.A.F. in Hereford.
Churches unite on housing aid ATRIBUTE to the work already being done by the Catholic Housing Aid Society in Kingston-upon-Thames was paid by the Mayor, Lt.-Col. John Belcher, at the inaugural meeting of the Kingston-uponThames Churches Housing Association.
The Catholic society, which was set up a year ago under the auspices of the Knights of St. Columba, has become an integral part of the new organisation rather than work as a separate entity.
Among the speakers at the meeting was Fr. Eamonn Casey, the founder of the society. who took as his theme the recent television play Cathy Come Home.'
Barnet's first comprehensive
1SHOP DOUGLASS SCHOOL is likely to be the first comprehensive school in the London Borough of Barnet. The governors and the archdiocese have agreed that the school should be a sixf o r m-e ntry comprehensive school and it is hoped that approval will be given soon by the local authority and the Department of Education and Science.
The headmaster, Mr. M. J. Caulfield, said in his annual "presentations" speech last week that the existing site would be sufficient for the buildings required and already outline plans were in existence. The extra buildings would be provided in stages and it might well be a few years before they were available.
"Meanwhile, we shall continue to offer a comprehensive education to our pupils within the limits of our resources," he said.