In a letter to the people df Hexham and Newcastle diocese, in be read in the churches on Sunday, October 11, Bishop McCormack announces that the contributions to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund for last year amounted to £4,207, and points out that this is an increase on the previous year of almost £1,400. There were 4,500 special donations as compared with 3,900 in the year 1940.
There ale now 39 priests of the dio,cese serving in the Forces. and two of them (Frs. Edward Hodgson, St. Mary's, Sunderland, and George Forster, Corpus Christi, Gateshead) are now prisoners of war.
Jarrow St. Bede's again heads the list of parishes subscribing to the fund with £173 5s. 5d., and Darlington St. Augustinc's is second with a subscription of £92 Its. 3d.