FEW sports enjoy as much clerical affection as golf: on Mondays, the traditional priests' day off, links around the country echo with tales from pulpit and presbytery.
This week two bishops acknowledge the role the pastime plays in their clerics' lives: Bishop David Konstant of Leeds goes to the Clergy Golf Tournament at Headingley on Monday, while on Wednesday Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth attends his diocese's golf society dinner.
Schools, as usual, make their rightful heavy claim on the bishops' time in the days ahead. Bishop Howard Tripp, auxiliary in Southwark, concelebrates mass for the 60th anniversary of Holy Cross Convent School in New Malden, Surrey, on Monday, while Bishop Vincent Malone, auxiliary in Liverpool, attends his city's primary schools meeting at Cardinal Heenan High on Wednesday. The following day Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool opens a new school. St Paul's at Burtonwood.
There are the usual crop of anniversaries, too, to mark. Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton will be at the Holy Family Church in Patchway on Tuesday evening to take part in parish silver jubilee celebrations, while Bishop Joseph Gray of Shrewsbury is at Our Lady's, Ellesmere Port, on Sunday for its diamond jubilee and to open a new parish centre.
A FORMER superior of the Josephite community at St George's College, Weybridge, Fr John Hugh Ryan, died recently at the age of 83.
Fr Ryan, who was born in Cork and educated at St George's College, entered the Josephite novitiate there in 1924 and was ordained in Antwerp in 1936. A graduate in French, he studied with the Jesuits in Louvain, Belgium, and obtained a teaching diploma on return to England.
At St George's he took up the teaching of French and American history, and was superior there from 1945-48. When he retired from teaching in 1969, Fr Ryan became a curate in Southwark diocese. He went to Tunbridge Wells in 1970, and died in Bethany Nursing Home there. '
A MEMBER of the Congregation of Xaverian Brothers for 64 years, Br Stephen CFX (Daniel Dunn) died recently in Kent. Br Stephen, who taught in his order's schools at Bootle, Clapham, Manchester and Mayfield. He spent the last tight years of his life at Bradley House, the congregation's retirement home.
THE parish priest of Alderney in the Channel Islands, Fr Henry Joseph Bradley, died recently.
Fr Bradley went to live in Alderney 17 years ago, having been asked by his bishop to fill in there for three weeks. He had previously served his order, the Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers of Betharram, in China and South America until recalled to take up the post of novice master in 1948.
Following a time as the order's vocations recruiter and assistant at Holywell, he went to Portsmouth diocese with other members of his congregation to serve in Bridgemary, Guernsey.
Fr Bradley, who was born in Chorley in 1903, was buried on Alderney.
THE Centre for the Study of Theology at Essex University is running a course of four evening lectures on "The Renewal of Roman Catholic Moral Theology". Dr Bernard Hoose, a research fellow in Christian ethics at Heythrop College, London, will lead the discussions, which will cover the period since 1965. The talks will take place on consecutive Thursdays from April 30 next year. Details from the administrative director on 0206 872099.
A GROUP of 43 deaf people will sign special Society of St Vincent de Paul prayers at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on September 27. They will be part of an SVP pilgrimage to mark the society's annual week of events. Details of other venues and activities for the week from Magdalena Gardner-Brown on 071 915 7625 ARUNDEL and Brighton diocese is holding a six week series of small group meetings for young people under the banner "Joyful Waiting". The gatherings start on November 3 and details are available from the youth office on 0293515666. National Youth Sunday falls on November 24.