Bishops, priests and laity combine for historic celebrations
A COMPREHENSIVE Who's Who has been made 'available of the prelates, priests and laity working behind the scene to ensure complete success for the historic events of the Hierarchy Centenary Congress.
At the head of the organisation is Cardinal Griffin, President of the Congress. His Eminence has an advisory committee composed of an Archbishop and six Bishops. They are :
The Archbishop of Birmingham (Mgr. Masterson), the Bishop of Northampton (Mgr. Parker), the Bishop of Southwark (Mgr. Cowderoy), the Coadjutor Bishop of Brentwood (Mgr. Beck) and the Auxiliary Bishop of Lancaster (Mgr. Pearson).
Bishop Cowderoy is also chairman
of the executive committee. Vicechairman is Canon J. C. Crea, of the Southwark diocese.
Other committee members . are Mgr. Collingwood. administrator of Westminster Cathedral, Canon Bogan, administrator of St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, Mgr. Derek Worlock, private secretary to Car dinal Griffin, Fr. John Heenan, Superior of the Catholic Missionary Society, Mr. L. P. Arnold, Supreme Knight of the K.S.C. Order, and Mr. T. H. Rittrier. general secretary of the Catholic Truth Society.
These in turn are the convenors of the sub-committees arranging different aspects of the Congress.
The Masses in Westminster Cathedral, St. George's Cathedral, and in the Wembley ,Stadium, are being arranged by Mgr. Collingwood, Canon Hogan, Mgr. Collings and Mgr. Croft-Fraser, a former master of ceremonies at St. Peter's, Rome.
'The rally in the Stadium, which, as announced last week, is to end with Pontifical High Mass, is being organised by Mr. L. Arnold, Baroness Bosch van Drakcstein (Grail), Mrs. Freda Beaks (Sword of the Spirit). Miss E. Fry (Catholic (iuide Advisory Council). Mr. E. L. Fornara (Catholic Scout. Advisory Council), Mr. E. M. Le Bas (Union of Catholic Students), Mr. J. Hennighan (Young Christian Workers).
The "Catholic England " Exhibition is being arranged by Mr. Riftner (Catholic Truth Society), Fr. Gordon Albion (Catholic Record Society). Fr. Stephen Shaw (National director of the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies). Fr. R.. More O'Fcrrall (Apostleship of the Sea), Fr. J. Bebb (Catholic Social Guild) and Mr. P. Watts (Catholic Artists and Craftsmen).
Arrangements for hospitality for the visiting Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops arc in the hands of Bishop Craven, assisted by Mgr. David Cashman, Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation, Lord Semphill and Mr. Frank Rudman tCatenian Association).
Congress lectures are being arranged by Fr. Heenan and the summer school in August by Dr. Willbourn, of the Newman Association.
The gardee party .and dinner are being arranged by a committee consisting of a representative of the Catenian Association, Col. Triggs (Challoner Club). Miss Barbara Ward, national president of the Catholic Women's League. Mr. A. W. Barr (Society of St. Vincent de Paul) and Mr. James Walsh, editor of the Catholic Times.
Mgr. Worlock is responsible for publicity. assisted by the members of the Guild of St. Francis of Sales, Fr. J. V. A. Burke (Catholic Film Institute) will be looking after the film side and Fr. Agnellus Andrew, 0.F.M., will see to the broadcasting.
The scene of all the activity is the Congress Office, 39 Victoria Street, London, S.W.I, where the general secretary, Major P. Taggart, has his headquarters.
He is assisted by three wholetime officials—two former civil servants and one ex-R.A.F. officer shortly to begin his studies for the priesthood.
All round the country are parochial representatives, the majority of whom, it is stated, are working splendidly.
Each parish has a registration card at the Congress Office and from this it can be seen at a glance how the parish concerned is responding and just what part it will play in the Congress activities.