Letter from the Chairman

Dear Members

There was a good attendance at the Autumn Reception held on 6th November 2018 with Mass in the Cathedral followed by an excellent presentation by Mr Kevin Hyland OBE, who gave an illuminating talk about his work with the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. It was ‘eye-opening’ and alarming to discover how widespread this is in the world, in all its appalling forms.

As always, Cardinal Vincent Nichols warmly welcomed us to Archbishop’s House. The Council has continued to work hard with the administration of the Society and the Annual General Meeting took place on 26th March, preceded by Mass. Mr Robert Rigby and Mr Richard Morris retired from the Council and were warmly thanked for their valuable contributions. At the reception that followed, Cardinal Vincent Nichols thanked members for the generous cheques towards the maintenance of Archbishop’s House and his personal office. He spoke about the future canonisation of Blessed Cardinal Newman, which will be a great celebration in the Autumn. Grateful thanks were expressed to all Council members for their unstinting hard work and to the members for their continued support. They were reminded that it is important to recruit new members and be vigilant in promoting the work of the Society.

On Thursday 11 July, twenty-seven members and their guests enjoyed a most interesting visit, organised by Mrs Cliona Howell, to The Charterhouse in the City of London, which was a 14th century Carthusian Monastery. It has largely been reconstructed as it was suppressed in 1538. However Thomas Sutton founded the charity in 1611 to house poor people and form an almshouse, which still exists today and houses ‘brothers’ (including females), who are older single people. He also founded a school for poor boys, which moved to Godalming in 1872 and is now the highly respected Charterhouse School. The afternoon concluded with Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, celebrating Mass in the Chapel, which has been a place of prayer since the 14th century.

Our Autumn Mass and Reception will take place on Tuesday 12th November 2019 and our guest speaker will be Mr Phil Brown who is the National President of the Catenian Association. It is hoped that as many of you as possible will be present.

Mary Goodwin
Chairman of Council
July 2019