FOREIGN shores are the destination for a number of the
bishops this week. Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster heads the exodus, leading the Westminster Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes all week.
Also leading pilgrims to Lourdes will be Bishops Joseph Grey of Shrewsbury and Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton both from Thursday onwards. Bishop Patrick Kelly takes Salford's Catholics to the French shrine next weekend.
Area bishop in Hertfordshire, Bishop James O'Brien's travels
take him even further as he pays
an ecumenical visit to Malawi, whilst Bishop Leo McCartie of
Northampton goes to Germany on Friday where he attends the Paderborn Diocesan Festival.
Taking a look overseas, but from his own doorstep, will be
Bishop Mervyn Alexander of
Clifton, who marks the CAFOD/Christian Aid Latin American festival, Rise Like The Sun, with Mass at Clifton Cathedral on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Bishop John Brewer of Lancaster meets his
permanent deacons and their wives in Hornby on Sunday.
Southwark's Archbishop Michael Bowen and Bishop Howard Tripp open the De Paul Trust's Lord Clyde Nightshelter in Vauxall, London, the day after.
On Monday and Tuesday, Bishop Crispian Hollis of
Portsmouth attends the Annual General Meeting of the Old Roman Association at London
Colney, while Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia attends the Royal Welsh Show at Llandrindod Wells.
In the education world, a degree conferment at Surrey
University. Guildford, will occupy Bishop John Jukes, auxiliary in Southwark, on Friday.
AN exhibition of 1920s arts and crafts including work by Eric Gill. Edward Johnston, Ethel Mairet and Hilary Pepler opens on August 1 in the Sussex village of DitchIing. The exhibition, "Famous Craftsmen of the 20s and Today", runs from August 1-October 25 in the Ditchling museum. Details from Miss Hilary Bourne on (0273) 844744.
AYLESFORD Priory in Kent is the venue for an international young people's prayer rally and festival of evangelisation from August 27-31. Under canvas, for young people from 16-30, the rally is organised by Youth 2000 and will bring young people from Europe, the USA and the UK together to share the faith in prayer and celebrate a common vision of evangelisation. Details from Youth 2000, PO Box 119, London SW7 5RH.
FR Eamonn Moran, parish priest of Merthyr Vale in the Archdiocese of Cardiff, and a Columban Father who spent many years in the Philippines, has collapsed and died whilst working in his garden. He was 54.
Fr Moran was born at Ballysax, the Curragh, County Kildare, and educated at St Joseph's College in County Galway.
He went straight out to the Philippines after ordination, and over 22 years of service there became a much loved and respected priest. His mission work had to be cut short due to ill health and he returned to Wales in 1985.
Fr Moran served at Gorseinon and Bridgend parishes before being appointed parish priest in the coal-mining parish of Merthyr Vale.
THE former parish priest of Bedlington in Northumberland and a teacher of English at St Mary's Grammar School in Darlington for many years, Fr Gerard Swinburne, has died aged 80.
Fr Swinburne was ordained in Rome in 1938 and went straight to St Mary's, breaking only to take a degree at St Edmund's House in Cambridge during the war years.
In 1961 he moved to St Thomas More parish in Hatlepool, becoming parish priest there in 1962. After 5 years he moved to Bedlington, to take over when the Benedictines withdrew in 1967. In 1984 he moved to Croxdale near Durham, where he served as rector until his retirement in August last year.
MGR Brendan Travers, a priest of the Salford diocese and former Rector of the Bede College in Rome, has died in Salford at the age of 62. He had been a priest for 38 years.
Mgr Travers was born in Manchester on March 21 1931 and was educated at Belmont Abbey School before beginning his training at the Bede College in Rome in 1948. He was ordained in 1955 but stayed on at the English College to do two years of postgraduate work.
In 1957 he returned to England to become assistant priest at St Boniface's, Lower Broughton. He was assistant secretary to Bishop Beck for three years, before becoming assistant at St Mary's, Swinton. During these years he served the diocese in a wide range of responsibilities including vocations director, secretary of the diocesan marriage tribunal, and editor of the diocesan almanac.
In 1972 he was appointed Rector of the Beds College in Rome where he served until 1978, when he returned to Salford to become parish priest of St John Vianney and All Souls, Weaste.
Fr Travers died on the Feast of Corpus Christi after a prolonged illness, but continued with his parish duties up to the last weeks.