THE Bishop of Plymouth, Mgr.
Grimshaw, celebrating last week the 25th anniversary of his ordination, received a cheque for 2.000 guineas from his priests and people.
The presentation was made by Mr. Osmund Wilcocks at a reception in the Davenport Guildhall.
Bishop Grimshaw celebrated his thanksgiving Mass in Plymouth Cathedral and later attended a public
luncheon in his honour. Among those present were Mgr. Rudderharn, Bishop of Clifton. the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Provost Mahoney, V.G., Dom Bruno Fehrenbacher, 0.S.B., Abbot of Buckfast, and Mgr. Dewey. former Vicar General for the Royal Navy.
In his specal pastoral letter for his jubilee day, Mgr. Grimshaw reminds the laity of the importance of giving spiritual as well as material support to their clergy and not to be intolerant of their shortcomings.
" Let men think of priests as of the ministers of Christ and Christ's ambassadors.
"As to the kind men we must be, your own instinct is our surest guide. Not only would you have us diligent and attentive to your needs, you would wish us, also to uphold on all occasions the dignity of the priesthood.
" Our purity of life and our sobriety you take for granted; but you expect us also to be men of study and of prayer. abstemious, not minding earthly things. " You would have us, perhaps. not too worldly wise; and you prefer a simple, warm heart to a brilliant, cold mind.
"'You seek in us the reflection of none other than Our Divine Mastee and you are entirely right: for we were sent to you to be other Christs. Indeed our responsibility is heavy and our account at God's judgement must be searching and exact.
"We in our turn beg that you will remember us in your prayers. and the serious obligations which the priesthood has laid upon our shoul deou need our services. From
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cradle to the grave you cannot easily do without us, and Our Masses will go with you to the very gates of Heaven."