'LEGION COULD SOLVE LEAKAGE'
"I BELIEVE that if every praesidium [of the Legion of 1. Mary] were being used according to its fullest capacity we would have gone a long way towards solving our major problems which are connected with the leakage and young people."
This was stated on Sunday by Fr. Francis J. Ripley, superior of the Catholic Missionary Society, in an address given in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to 2,000 Legionaries attending an auxiliary rally of the Legion.
His work as an assistant priest in four parishes. as a R.A.F. chaplain, and as a member and superior of the C.M.S. had strengthened him in the conviction that there was no organisation in the Church which could exercise such a valuable apostolate for the salvation of souls, declared Fr. Ripley.
"If any priest asks me now what he can do to bring favour to his parish, bring his people to the sacraments, reclaim the lapsed, and convert the irreligious, my answer is always the same: firstly, start the Legion of Mary; secondly, make sure that all the rules of the Handbook are observed; thirdly, get as many people into it as you can; and fourthly, make the praesidium work according to its fullest capacity.'
After giving 12 reasons "why this conviction. concerning the Legion is still so strong in me," Fr. Ripley went on: "I regard it as a tragedy that comparatively few praesidia are operating according to their fullest capacity. "Most are deficient an numbers, and such members as there are are not using the Legion machinery for the great things it can accomplish for God and souls. Recruiting is an urgent necessity; it is the obligation of every Legionary.
"In particular, there should be Len times as many men in the Legion as there are. It is an organisation admirably suited to be an outlet for manly zeal."
'SOLICITOR' CELEBRATES RED MASS
F° U}( High Court judges, a County Court judge, two Recorders and many senior and junior counsel and solicitors attended the annual Red Mass at Westminster Cathedral, last week, for the opening of the Michaelmas Law Term.
The judges were Mr, Justices Wallington, Barry, Byrne and Elwes (of the High Court), and County Court Judge D. H. Robson. Mr. Richard O'Sullivan, Q.C. (the Recorder of Derby), and Mr. Edward Terrell (the Recorder of Newbury) were there, with Mr. G. J. Graham-Green (Master of the Supreme Court Taxing Office), Mr. Daniel James Brabin. Q.C., of Liverpool, Mr. Nicholas McCaskie, Q.C., and Mr. Edward Cussen, Senior Treasury Counsel.
The Mass was celebrated in the presence of Cardinal Godfrey by Mgr. Charles Duchemin, rector of the Bede College, Rome, for 30 years.
Mgr. Duchcmin practised as a solicitor himself, prior to his studies for the priesthood. His father. C. J. B. Duchemin, was for many years organist at the Birmingham Oratory under Cardinal Newman, His grandfather, who was a lieutenant in the French Navy, was imprisoned in England during the Napoleonic Wars.