Letter from the Chairman

Dear Members

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Ascension Day, 10th May, preceded by Mass in the Cathedral.  As previously announced, Michael Milbourn stepped down as Chairman, having served on the Council for 20 years, 5 of which as Chairman and previously as Secretary for some years.  His invaluable contribution, hard work and wise counsel have left the Society in very good order. Thank you, Michael, for everything you have done over the years.

We welcomed three new members of Council, namely, Fiona and John Dick and Ben Holden and they were unanimously elected by those present at the AGM.  As your new Chairman, I am delighted that Fiona has agreed to take on the task of Membership Secretary and Ben that of Treasurer.  I feel very fortunate to have inherited very hard working and committed Council members and thank them all for their dedication.

As always, we were most grateful to His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent, for his warm hospitality as our host at the reception following the AGM and his interesting and amusing words were well received.

The Society will celebrate its centenary in 2022 and it would be a fitting celebration if we were able to increase our membership substantially by then.  If every one of us could introduce one new member we would do very well indeed.

Those of us who were fortunate to be able to visit Lambeth Palace on 24th July had a most interesting afternoon. Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, celebrated Mass for us in the historic Crypt, dating back to the 13th century.  We then had a tour of the Palace and gardens, ending with tea. Unfortunately, the numbers were limited and apologies to those who were not able to join us.

We do hope that many of you will be able to attend the Autumn Reception on Tuesday, 6th November 2018, which is announced in this newsletter.  Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be with us and our special speaker will be Mr Kevin Hyland, OBE, who is very involved in working against Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.  He is a member of the international Santa Marta Group, which was set up by Pope Francis and appointed Cardinal Vincent Nichols as its President.

Mary Goodwin
Chairman of Council
August 2018