The parish priest at Launceston, Fr. Vincent Kettle, C.R.L. welcomed to that town last Sunday many Catholics from other parts of the diocese, participants in the annual pilgrimage in honour of the protomartyr of the English seminaries. Blessed Cuthbert Mayne. Upwards of a dozen clergy were among the pilgrims, who as in so many previous years took part in an imposing procession in which the relic of the martyr was carried.
The preacher this year on the Castle Green, near the site of Blessed Cuthbert's martyrdom, was the Rev. Owen Dudley, superior of the Catholic Missionary Society. Fr. Dudley's sermon outlined the story of the martyrdom, emphasising that the charge of treason against Cuthbert Mayne was a flimsy pretext, the real reason for the condemnation being the accused's profession and teaching of the Catholic faith.