CATHOLIC HERALD REPORTER ABROWN paper parcel was pushed hastily under the chapel grille at Tyburn Convent recently, and the owner-unknown and unidentified-hurried away.
In the packet was 000 in notes for the new Shrine of the Sacred Heart and the Tyburn Martyrs.
This is not the only surprise which has come to the Tyburn nuns during the past month. Another benefactor gave £5,000 towards the 00,000 debt. And, from Bexhill-on-Sea comes an offer from Rev. Dr. Hubert S.
Box and some Anglican friends to
raise a sum of money among Anglicans in order to give the Tyburn nuns "some permanent object of devotion for the new Shrine church".
We Anglicans, writes Dr. Box, to the CATHOLIC HERALD, "were deeply moved to read the news item that appeared in the Press a few weeks ago informing us that a number of late-vocation (Roman) Catholic students had made a pilgrimage to Smithfield and recited the De Profundis ID reparation for the persecution of Protestants under Queen Mary ..."
This gesture, continued Dr. Box, "seems to be complementary to the suggestion I myself put forward through your columns some time ago that as an act of reparation for the persecution that (Roman) Catholics suffered in this country in Elizabethan and other times, Anglicans might like to contribute something towards the building of the Tyburn Shrine." Dr. Box invites Anglican readers of the CATHOLIC HERALD to join in this idea. Their gifts should be sent to Rev. C. R. Beresford, Newborough, Peterborough, Northants., who is acting as treasurer for the fund. The closing date is the Saturday after Easter, April 28.
Meanwhile, the Tyburn nuns are making a special appeal for subscribers to buy one of the 58 shields bearing the coats of arms of many of the Tyburn martyrs and their colleges, and/or one of the 117 medallions each showing crossed palms surmounted by a crown which will he put up on the chapel walls in between the shields.
Both these features are modelled in fibre plaster and painted in oils. The shields cost £25 finished and placed; the medallions cost £3 10s. -finished and placed.
Some of the shields are repeated, so even if someone else has already chosen your "favourite" martyr, there may still be a duplicate available.
The actual building operations are proceeding rapidly, the roof trusses will soon be in place, and then the Portland stone surrounds to windows. etc., will be put in position.
Further donations should he sent to Tyburn Shrine Appeal (CH) National Bank, Whitehall, S.W.I.