SISTER Patricia Talbot, Provincial Superior of the English-Irish Province of La Retraite, has been elected the new Superior General of her Congregation. She was headmistress at La Retraite Salisbury and La Retraite Weston and has been superior of her province since 1977.
THE WINSTON Churchill Memorial Trust, which offers travelling fellowships each year for people operating in a variety of different fields, has included Ministers of Religion among the categories of people eligible for grants for 1983. Any such who believe that overseas experience could help them in their work are invited to apply to the trust before the closing date in October.
THE POPE'S visit is among factors blamed by Horizon Holidays for a drop in the package holiday business earlier this year. Other factors were the World Cup and the Falklands conflict, but the company reports that demand has picked up well since then.
THE CATHOLIC Information Centre is organising a course in communications techniques for those working in vocations promotion. The course, which runs for a week in November, costs £125 but for that CIS promises "the most surprising, challenging and helpful spur" to the work of vocations promoters. Subjects to be covered include all aspects of advertising and "salesmanship" in the burgeoning vocations promotions business.
SISTER Mary Stephen of La Sainte Union mission in the Cameroons is on leave in England and has been describing the communications difficulties presented by the condition of the unmade roads where she works. Her friends have decided that she needs a Range Rover and £5,000 is required to fund the seconc .and one which they have purchased for her. Donations please to Fr Michael Hopley at Ealing Abbey.