Sixty-three members and their guests attended the 94th Annual General Meeting of the Society in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House on 10 May preceded by Holy Mass for the Feast of the Ascension in the Cathedral. Members were informed about the financial performance of the Society since the previous AGM and that it had been possible to again increase our contribution to Archbishop’s House, this year to £50,000. The Society’s accounts would be submitted to The Charity Commission in England and Wales and copies will be available from the Secretary. The Chairman confirmed that he would be stepping down from the Council at the end of the AGM and he was warmly thanked by members. He thanked Mr Paul Williams for his contribution as Treasurer and welcomed Mr Ben Holden, Mrs Fiona Dick and Mr John Dick to the Council.
Following the business of the AGM, members enjoyed the reception especially Cardinal Vincent’s words of welcome and news of his latest activities. His Eminence remains hugely appreciative of the contribution the Society makes towards the maintenance of Archbishop’s House. The Cardinal spoke to us about some recent important visitors to the House and also about his work in Rome. Recent weeks had seen difficult ethical questions debated in the public square including gender identity and the care of the terminally sick infant Alfie Evans. Both subjects had engaged the nation and he hoped that the Catholic church’s teaching and response to these had brought clarity, sensitivity and truth.
The outgoing Chairman’s final responsibilities were to present the Cardinal with a cheque from the Society and to announce his successor, Mrs Mary Goodwin. Mrs Goodwin thanked Mr Milbourn for his outstanding work for the Society over twenty years.