T UST NO years ago Richard de Belmeis II, Bishop of London, gave a plot of land on Muswell Hill, North London, to some Benedictine nuns.
A chapel was built there and dedicated to Our Lady of Muswell. The nuns erected a farm-house and
there were also an orchard, pasture and a few tenements.
On the land, too, were several springs or wells, one of which was to become famous—a King of Scotland was cured there, other miracles took place and "Mousewell Hill" became a place of pilgrimage.
Last Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Cardinal Griffin went to Muswell Hill to celebrate with the parishioners the 15th anniversary of the opening of the present church.
Addressing a large congregation, the Cardinal said : "You will know how this became a place of pilgrimage and many of the faithful came here until, as a result of the Reformation. the Benedictine Priory was dissolved and the shrine of Our Lady of Muswell was destroyed.
"Four hundred years were to pass before this new church was raised to The Cardinal went on to speak of the Marian Year, of the Holy Father's plea for prayers for "the Church of Silence," and added that even while the encyclical lette was flashing round the world the hand of the persecutor struck again " The Cardinal concluded: "To the people of this parish I say — pray earnestly to Our Lady of Muswell that she who watched over your forbears in their time of trial may now watch over the persecuted Church,"