26th March 2019 – Annual General Meeting

Fifty-one members and their guests attended the 95th Annual General Meeting of the Society in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House on 26 March 2019 preceded by Holy Mass in the Cathedral.  The Chairman thanked Council members for their work during the year. 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 £53,000. The Society’s accounts had been independently examined and approved by Council. The Accounts will be submitted to The Charity Commission in England and Wales and copies are available from the Secretary. The Chairman announced that the Society will celebrate its Centenary in 2022 and this occasion will be marked in a special way.

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 Chairman presented the Cardinal with the Society’s gifts and thanked members for their support.

The evening was marked by two special features involving the Vice Presidents of the Society. Mr John Barrie KCSG launched his book “A History of the Society: the First 90 Years” which surveys the Society’s progress in the context of the Church in the twentieth century.

John Barrie signing a copy of the Society's history

Cardinal Vincent presented Mr Michael Milbourn, a former chairman of the Society, with the Benemerenti medal in recognition for his work for the church.

Michael Milbourn with his newly awarded Benemerenti Medal

The Cardinal then spoke to members about the joy and inspiration which may be found in the forthcoming canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman.