Si,-In an otherwise excellent artick in your issue of October 20, Mr. Douglas Hyde quotes the following observation : . . no Catholic organisation makes it " (invitation of Colonials to Catholic homes) " part of its responsibility." He adds the following statement : " At the moment these " (Catholic organisations interested) "are limited in London to the Ceylon Catholic Association. . . and the newly-formed L.O.C.K. groups for West Indians and people from Ceylon."
In correction of both allegations and in justice to the Societies which have laboured for some time in this field for members of the sixty overseas territories on their lists, may 1 give the following quotation from a letter of mine which you published as recently as April 14, 1950 ?
". . I may mention the C.atholie Committee for Overseas Students.' an advisory body of representatives of the main societies able to assist in this most important work, S.V.P., Catholic Nurses' Guild, Legion of Mary and others.
"These societies are already in touch, throughout the British Isles, with the nine hundred overseas Catholics so far discovered.
" Those interested. especially those able to offer hospitality. should cornmunicate with the societies or with the Honorary Secretary of C.C.O.S., 61 Warwick Gardens. London, I would add that, since the date of my letter, other Catholic organisations have joined the Co-ordinating Committee (which has the sanction and encouragement of His Eminence the Cardinal): that it is in frequent
communication with Colonial Bishops and Colonial Education General Secretaries : that its scope has been considerably extended: also, as indicated in the above letter, its main object is hospitality, to which end it has already, in London alone. additional to its own members, a roster of over fifty Catholic homes glad to offer this kindness to our overseas visitors.
iMgr.) F. KERR MCCLEMENT. 13 Devonshire Place, London WI, [Mr, flyde's report was based on a discussion with colonials, only one of whom was a student. That. no doubt, was why the organisations mentioned were the ones which interest themselves in the matter outside the student fie1d.-Edimr,C.H.1